It is not uncommon to find a giant cat resting on the sand and to see a cat’s paw piercing the planet much less so. However, when it comes to the surreal works of Matt McCarthy, all of this is possible. to me artist, which has been looking for inspiration in these animals since 2018, felines are a versatile creature and suit the most diverse situations and places. “I am one of those who love cats and find their personalities very adorable,” he began explaining to P3.
Finding pictures is simple: first choose the animal and then the environment in which it will be. After merging the two images in Photoshop, we began to see urban cats peeking through corpses passing through New York’s Times Square. Meanwhile, country cats are resting in the middle of lawns, gardens or bridges.
“I have several favourites, but the last one is called Piazza del Atticus and it includes my cat, atticus, Extended in Milan. I rarely use it in my works, but I took a beautiful photo of it on one of our tours and that inspired me to create this work,” he reveals.
Creating each piece can take a few minutes or a few weeks. He notes that it all depends on “practice” and “the details and changes that need to be made to the picture”. For people who are called to live in the world of cats, this is all natural.
On the other hand, when he needs a break, the artist becomes a writer, writing horror scenarios with his wife – which, of course, adds to the stories. in like kittyMore recently, “the couple is trying to interpret what the new cat is trying to say,” he adds, indicating that neither of them is ready to listen to what the animal has to say.
Since its inception, Matt believes he has already made more than a thousand photo collages, “not all masterpieces,” he says, but enough to succeed on social networks. He concludes, “My surreal works allow people the chance to live in a world like ours, but with giant cats everywhere.”
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