Size: 5″ x 7″
Nyan Cat was made using polymer clay, beads, acrylic paint and a mini canvas mounted on canvas board.
Nyan Cat was based on the popular internet meme which started out as an animated gif. Then someone took a clip of a J-Pop song, looped the ‘nyan’ portion, and added it to the gif. A 10-hour long video was uploaded to Youtube. Soon people were daring one other to see how long they could watch this simple looping animation & crazy musical element.
My Nyan Cat had two versions. The original cat was created for a show called “Baby Canvases.” It featured just the tiny canvas with the cat parts you see above. The rainbow was made of ‘melted’ polymer clay. It was kind of ugly. I wasn’t at all surprised it didn’t sell at that show.
When I brought the piece back home, I decided to remove the original rainbow. The meme version features pixelated cat. I realized that’s what was wrong with mine, the original rainbow looked like crap, in part, because it didn’t fit with the basic element of the meme – or even the rectangular canvas body.
When I was making the polymer clay squares for the new rainbow, I realized that my Nyan Cat should take on another classic characteristic of its namesake: space. Years early, I bought a mix of beads from a small bead shop in Maryland. Among them were the star you see on the piece. I attached everything to a canvas board I painted blue.
Nyan Cat, in this form, sold rather quickly at its first showing. One of these days, I think I’ll make another because nyan cat is adorable in its weirdness.