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Cascadilla St. Cat, Ithaca, New York, 1992
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© Rhea Garen
Gift of Nancy and Bruce Berman

Rhea Garen
American, Ithaca, New York, 1992
Chromogenic print
15 x 18 1/2 in.
98.XM.211.1

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The attentive gaze of a cat sitting in a window confronts the viewer over windblown tendrils on a neglected picket fence. Strong vertical architectural elements frame the view and draw attention to everyday backyard objects: a barbecue, patio chairs, and a birdbath. Integrating multiple textures and angles into a unified whole, Rhea Garen makes her landscape into a form of meditation. Garen titled the image Cascadilla Street Cat, suggesting that a living creature is a more important indicator of a neighbor's life than backyard paraphernalia.