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Cashmere Edition of 85
H 130cm x W 166cm
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100% Cashmere Blanket (red) is a superfine cashmere that was made by the internationally acclaimed American artist and designer, KAWS in 2019. The cashmere comes in an edition size of 85 and depicts a red puddle against a plain backdrop. The contrast between the background and water is striking, imbuing the print with a sense of emergency or danger. A body seems to be submerged in the red water, and two Mickey Mouse style hands can be seen reaching out from the puddle. Lines denoting ripples in the puddle and splashes of water around the hands suggest movement, adding to the air of danger.
This cashmere is part of the Companion collection, a body of artworks produced by KAWS that all depict the much-loved cartoon character, Companion, created by KAWS in 1999. This print, which also comes in a blue version, 100% Cashmere Blanket (blue), differs from the other works in the collection which depict Companion in a more conventional way, using the screen printing technique to produce prints that show the character’s full body, albeit in different iterations. 100% Cashmere Blanket (red) reflects a turning point in KAWS’ artistic career. Companion is now so recognisable that a follower of KAWS’ work would be able to recognise the character just from its distinctive hands.
Companion is normally characterised by his distinct shape, which looks quite like Mickey Mouse, his skull and crossbone head and crossed out eyes. The gloved hands with crosses on them, as seen in this work, are another repeated motif that implies the hands belong to Companion.