What IS this?

November 05, 2015

What IS this?

Dear Reader,

If you've looked around my website, you might be asking yourself "what IS this". At least I imagine you might because that's one of the many questions we get when we exhibit at art shows, book festivals, and comic conventions.

The short answer is that it's a bunch of stuff that makes me happy, mostly cats and skeletons with a few other oddities thrown in. I discovered, through dozens of local art walks and some personal risk-taking, that it makes other people happy too. Well, some other people, and those are the ones that matter for this conversation.

The cat part is obvious. You can divide the world in to three types of people - delightful people who are absolutely nutty about cats, dreadful people who don't like cats at all, and as of yet unformed people who will someday soon figure out that they are in fact nutty cat people.

The skeleton part is a little more difficult, at least in the broad sense. For my part, I grew up across the street from a cemetery and it made a convenient refuge. So to me skeletons are just the neighbors, except quite a bit more friendly than some of the grumpy old flesh and blood neighbors of that era.

But a great many people are enamored with skulls and skeletons, and they don't all have dead people living next door. So why are the bones of our brethren so popular? It's not like with cats where you are or you aren't. Context matters with the dead. Our affinity blossoms over time.

I like to think of cats and skeletons as sharing their social circles. They're both mysterious, they both get a bad wrap in the wrong crowd, but most importantly, they both make me happy, and that's something that I can share with the beautifully macabre people who never have to ask "what IS this".

Mirthfully yours,

About the Author

Annie Dunn is the artist behind Chaos in Color. She's been a digital painter since 2003 and a scrap paper doodler for her entire life. She's kind of nutty about cats, has an odd affinity for skeletons, and likes to listen to audiobooks while working. Every once in awhile she decides to put things down in writing.

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