WITH JACKSON&SQUEAK

27 Mar 2016

Sara Moffat

Artist/Owner of L’Ecole Des Beaux Arts

with Jackson(Mix), Squeak(Mix),

from Williamsburg, Brooklyn

その大きな体が重いのか、それとも10歳という年齢だからか、サラが共に暮らす2匹の猫、ジャクソンとスクウィークは、とにかくぐうたら極まりない。メインクーン(大型な猫種)とフィッシングキャット(野性の猫)のミックスだという2匹はオスとメスの兄妹で、かたやベッドで丸まり体を深く沈め、かたやソファに巨体を横たえ脚を投げ出し、サラがおもちゃで釣ろうとしても、前脚で怠惰にあしらうだけ。でも、だからこそ「メローで、愛情深い、癒やしの存在なの」とはサラと、パートナーでプロダクションデザイナーのブライアン。

2匹と出合ったのは、サラがかつて暮らしていたサンタフェで、「エサをあげていた野良猫が、妊娠していることがわかって。生まれた子猫を2匹引き取ったの」。その後、サンタフェからニューヨークに引っ越すことになり、航空機での移動を試みるも、2匹とも20パウンド(約9キロ)超えという巨体のために搭乗が許されず、車で3日かけて移動したのだという。いっぱいの荷物と、大きな猫2匹とのロードトリップ。なんとも微笑ましい、逸話である。

Maybe it was their weight, or that they were 10 years old, but the two cats Sara lived with, Jackson and Squeak, were the laziest you’d ever see. Brother and sister, they were a mix of Maine Coon (a large breed) and fishing cat (a wild variety). While one would curl its body up and sink into the bedsheets, the other would splay its body out on the sofa, legs jutting out over the edge. Even when Sara tried tempting them with a toy, they would just lazily fiddle around with their front paws. But this is precisely why Sara and her partner Bryan, the production designer, always said the two were “such mellow, loving, and comforting companions.” Sara came across the two cats in Santa Fe, where she used to live. “A stray cat my mama used to feed got pregnant, and I took in the two kittens when they were born.” After that, Sara had to move to New York. She tried taking the cats with her on a plane, but she was refused because the cats, at over 20 pounds (about 9 kilograms), were too heavy. So, she said, she drove for three days to New York in order to take them with her. A road trip with heaps of luggage and two huge cats. What a charming little story.

Sara Moffat

  • Photography:Yuki Matsumura
  • Text:Aya Nihei