Margarita Gluzberg

Richard Salmon

A cat is one of the first things we learn to draw. One circle placed on another, topped off with two inverted Vs: a body, a head, and a pair of ears. It is simple to produce and eminently readable as schema, caricature, and sign rolled into one. Alongside the rectangular house, with smoking chimney, four windows, and garden path leading to the central front door, it stands as evidence of a child’s initiation into the realm of representation.

Margarita Gluzberg has drawn such a cat. It is a creature of fantasy. The two circles are provided by a figure eight, or infinity sign, and the ears stick out from one of the loops. Just as a cat should be, it is covered in soft fur. But Gluzberg’s drawing technique is obsessive. Each of her innumerable marks reads as a hair, so that the overall shape of this cat is given in the marks’ cumulative effect without a precise underlying form being quite

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