Today we are featuring the creative work of Mo Golden and Ross Cowman.
Lifelong multimedia artists, Mo Golden and Ross Cowman are collaborating on a new project, but this time it’s not for people. Ross is an award winning game designer (fallofmagic.com) and musician. Mo is an Expressive Arts facilitator, teaching people how to use the arts as a vehicle for cross-cultural understanding and self-awareness. Up until now, they have both focused on the role of the arts in humans’ lives. But, through a zany, fun project, they have discovered that art is not just for people; in fact it might be a tool for people to connect more deeply with animals.
These two creative entrepreneurs have created inspurrational posters for cats, a series of posters designed just for kitties. When Mo and Ross began, it was kind of a joke. They just thought it would be funny to make posters for cats and hang them up near their food bowls. As artists, one thing they know is that funny ideas get way funnier when you act on them, when you make them a reality. So, after a year of holding onto the idea, Mo and Ross got to work on their posters. But once they finished and were ready to test them out, something surprising happened.
The cats actually responded to the posters. Each home visit, Mo and Ross help cats and their human companions select and hang a poster and they film the experience. The first day filming, Mo threw a bottle of catnip spray in her bag, in case they wanted a good shot of the cat interacting with the poster. Little did they know, that would not be necessary; the cats were genuinely interested in the posters.
Cats are creatures of habit and are sensitive to changes in their environment. So, when someone adds a poster to their special space, they care. And when their human companion comes into their special space with loving kindness and attention to hang the poster, it feels good. It makes the cat curious and it also makes them feel loved.
Mo and Ross also noticed a change in the humans during the poster installations. The experience seemed to bring a sense of deep connection between the cat and the humans. The humans began to empathize more, to consider the cat’s experience more deeply, to see things through the cat’s eyes.
Over the course of the project, Mo and Ross have discovered the power behind what originally began as a joke. Inspurration! Posters For Extraordinary Cats deepens relationships and builds compassion between humans and cats. It also invites humans to seek out their own new ways of giving their cat friends love and attention. The posters are available for purrchase through a Kickstarter campaign that runs through the month of November. Check it out at Inspurration.com.
So, what do you think of this idea? I think it’s a fun idea, but I’m sure my cat would destroy the posters in a couple of minutes. He managed to destroy the wall paper I had in the living room, so these posters would be a walk in the park for him 🙂
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