The Invisible Cat is a multidisciplinary project in which the visual artist Fernando Leal Audirac proposes a fruitful dialogue between historic painting and contemporary art by transposing the leitmotiv into all different classical painterly and sculpture techniques such as oil, encaustic, egg tempera, fresco, marble and terracotta up to using the most sophisticated 3D animation technologies and multimedia languages.
The Invisible Cat is rooted in the constant tension moving the artist to explore the ancient painterly techniques looking for their specific voice, being persuaded that they still convey contemporary contents and messages with renewed energy.
The Cat in the Black Mirror, is executed in encaustic, a technique used in ancient Egypt, fallen into oblivion in the Middle Ages to be “rediscovered” and reinterpreted in modern times by Delacroix in his Saint Sulpice cycle.
The viewer sees his image reflected onto an enormous black cat staring at him from an obsidian mirror. The title gives us an important clue by evoking the sinister universe created by Edgar Allan Poe.
The third cat of the series, in egg tempera, is The Cat of the Third Princess, a cat-landscape, a mountain, an island emerging from the Mount Fuji mist. It is inspired by a Japanese popular myth illustrated by Hiroshige but evokes at the same time the bleak Toteninsel by Böcklin, a painting particularly admired by Hitler...
The Invisible Cat is also a project involving sculpture: a Carrara marble cat is currently in phase of execution. It is a mathematical sculpture conceived with the most advanced 3D design technologies. A cat at rest, probably inspired by the statues of the reclining Buddha or the Sphinx, a cat-landscape, conceived like a sort of canyon, a river where the viewer can plunge in its bends.