Margot Cormier Splane Visual Artist

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Internationally Award Winning Artist

If I Had Wings


Hand Pulled Serigraph ~ 1985

17 x 11” ~ 41 x 26 cm ~    Edition 15

How high can a cat jump ? Depending on the incentive a cat can jump straight up 6 to 8 feet. This cat is enthusiastically leaping after the bird.

The cat chasing bird, is wishing that it had wings, because the cat jumping up cannot leap high enough to catch the bird. It is a good day for the bird, and a less successful day for the cat.

After I graduated from university I found myself a studio and managed to scrape together enough money to set my self up to do hand pulled serigraph prints. I unpacked all of my new equipment, put my high tech screen together and suddenly realized that my supplier had not included the adapters which clamped on to the screen so that it could be attached to the table for printing. Thinking this was a simple over site I called and asked my supplier to send me the adapters. “Oh I can’t do that,” he said, “I sent all of the adapters I had to an important customer. I have none left for you.”

All of my supplies and equipment were completely useless without those little adaptors. Miffed at being unable to work and called an unimportant customer after I had spent what to me was a lot of money, I called his supplier and explained my need for those adaptors. My supplier was sent more adaptors, and forwarded a set to me so that I could finally start working.  I proceeded to do this print inspired by an urge for revenge on my supplier. Actually the guy turned out to be very nice when I got to know him. He even bought one of my prints to give to his bride as a wedding gift. Yes, of course it was this one, and no, I did not tell him where the inspiration came from.