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Melissa Haslam (b. unknown)
Painting, unknown.

TARBOT: it’s called “Astray”

CROE: i first read ashtray

TARBOT: indeed!

CROE: i’m confused
by the innocence evoked by the white cats
and the see-through with the leg pose
is she supposed to be a “stray” woman/girl?

TARBOT: yeah, “Astray” is an interesting title…
either she takes in stray cats… but only white ones
or she’s a stray herself, too, OR —
they’re all astray i.e. all have morally questionable behaviour
such as… wearing see through clothes and climbing on trees with them
the “innocence” of the cats
could symbolize her virginity
the whole thing is sexually charged and not at the same time
reminds me a bit of a Japanese print
with the colors of the sky/background

CROE: the blossoms

TARBOT: “crazy cat lady” also comes to mind
though typically they’re not depicted as being this beautiful haha
hmm, white cats, they’re fairly rare right?
one would have to go out of one’s way to get one

CROE: i think so
but i’m having a hard time finding a census with kittycat demographic statistics

TARBOT: haha

TARBOT wonders, “What do you think, readers?”


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