I’ve always enjoyed The Onion’s commentary section, and I want to do something similar — both in tone and format — for my personal narrative project, which is why I’m writing two paragraphs about this post: http://www.theonion.com/articles/ive-been-having-some-pretty-fuckedup-bread-thought,32180/. My idea is called “Cat on Art.” I plan to use a headshot of a cat (as seen in most commentaries), an embedded or linked photo of a particular painting and text “written” by the cat. It will look similar to this Onion story about a duck that’s been having some pretty sordid thoughts about bread.
The tone of this piece, as well as just about any Onion commentary written from an animal’s perspective, really appeals to me. I love the idea that certain elements of an animal’s personality can be humanized — a human-like conscience, embarrassment and a tendency to second-guess. I also love how those human-like qualities are juxtaposed with characteristics that are distinct to non-human animals. That sort of dichotomy lends itself to many different creative angles. My idea is for Cat to begin each post with the intention of providing a thoughtful and thorough analysis of a panting; as each post progresses, Cat will unknowingly drift away from that intention, instead ranting about her life and how certain aspects of a painting illustrate or remind her of that life.