Crazy Cat & Lady is an autobiographical love story. It is a light-hearted play on common tropes such as being a spinster cat lady, romance, and fairy-tales.
CC&L is a high-resolution scanned replication of the journal that Nidhi Jacob and her cat, Cheeku, worked on over 10 days in June 2023. The two went through a rollercoaster of emotions while working on it, from rage and frustration to joy and tenderness, and hope. The book is full of human error (the cat is perfect); in it you’ll find glue marks, scraggly edges, grammatical errors galore, scratched out words, etc. It has been narrated through photographs, collages, hand-written text and doodles. The photographs used were taken through 2020-2022.
This body of work is an intersectional exploration of love and companionship, personal politics, mental health, emotional behaviour, spirituality… and the magic of cats, of course. To Nidhi and Cheeku, it has been an exercise in practising self-acceptance and it would be erroneous not to present it in its truest form — perfectly imperfect.