Maneki Neko, the beckoning cat
My obsession with the beckoning cats of Japan started in a small shop in Spain. The sheer amount of fortune cats on display left me awestruck and thinking about human dreams and whishes and our shared desire to influence and control these dreams
The luck-aspect of these cats do intrigue me, aswell as the reproducability of a symbol, within and between designs.
To me the Maneki Neko as a symbol represents a collective aspiration. This aspiration is then projected onto massproduced objects that follow an identical aesthetic, as an example the raising of ones paw.
Still i have yet to see any objects that are truly identical, or even in possession of more similaritys than differences.
In my quest for this truly identical object whoose existance i belive possible, i recreate the Maneki Neko time and time again.
While i do this i ponder the statement made by the greek philosopher Heraclitus:
"We both step and do not step in the same rivers. We are and are not"