In light of all the recent controversy about whether the Hello Kitty character is a cat or not, I couldn't resist doing this quick editorial illustration. I found it all rather amusing how such a Pop culture character could get so much press. Even the prestigious New Yorker featured her in their article The truth about Hello Kitty.
My illustration is also a tribute to René Magritte's painting, the "Treachery of Images". His painting attempts to have the viewer question their reality. The painting portrays a large single pipe, and at the bottom of the painting, in French is the text "ceci n'est pas un pipe" (this is not a pipe). Magritte’s point is simple: the painting is not a pipe; it is an image of a pipe.
Much like Magritte, I am questioning the viewer's perception. What is the Hello Kitty character? She looks like a cat, but if she is not a cat , what is she?