Cat's Cradle No 5 Rick Rivet

Acrylic and Collage on Canvas
43.5 × 43.5 inches
110.49 × 110.49 cm
Framed Size
44 × 44 inches
111.76 × 111.76 cm

Versions of the string game "cat's cradle" have been found in Indigenous cultures throughout the world. In this game, string configurations are created solo or between two or more people with their hands. The order, number and names of the string arrangements vary. In this 3.5 feet square acrylic painting, Cat's Cradle No. 5, a string arrangement with corners or arrangements in the game identified by letters actually contains a cat. The white cat, boxed within the string, is in a field of blue. Rick Rivet is Metis born in Aklavik, Northwest Territories. His family lived by trapping, hunting and fishing. Rivet completed his MFA at the U. of Saskatchewan in 1989 and began painting full time. His influences are varied and derive from shamanistic imagery of people the world over including North American Indigenous, Inuit, Australian Aborigine, Norse, Oceanic, Siberian. Rivet has been the recipient of over twenty awards, scholarships and bursaries, including a Fellowship from the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, and the Andy Warhol Foundation Fellowship Residency Program for the heard Museum in Phoenix. His work is in private, corporate and public collections in Canada and the US.

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