The Art of Living & Dying with Cats: Meet Artist and Scholar Heidi Scheidl

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Image courtesy of Heidi Scheidl

In this special mini-episode of Fashion Cats and Cocktails we talk to Portland, OR-based artist and scholar, Heidi Scheidl. Heidi’s background is in the humanities and librarianship, and she is currently pursuing a MA in critical studies and MFA in print media at Pacific Northwest College of Art. Her work and research focuses on the multispecies cat-human family, disability, madness, and semiotics with special interests in interspecies communication, interdependence, and collaborative homemaking and world building.

We talk about the connections between her art and research, and how losing a beloved cat named Harold inspired her recent work on grief and the materials and rituals of mourning in cat-human families.

See more of Heidi’s work on Instagram @MitchellScratch

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Some books we mention in the interview:

Mourning Animals: Rituals and Practices Surrounding Animal Death, Margo DeMello

No Time to Spare, Ursula K. Le Guin

Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

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