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Emoji Kittens: Digital Artist Uses Cats to Communicate

Tania Hennessy's funny situations include donuts, sunglasses -- and, oh yeah, poop.

Annie Shirreffs  |  Dec 1st 2016


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My sister got me into the emoji craze a couple of years ago when she insisted I download them onto my phone. They’re silly, they’re fun, and they’ve pretty much become a universal language.

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Now they’re even better thanks to artist and photographer Tania Hennessy, who has combined them with the best thing ever — kittens. What’s better than a donut emoji? A kitten sitting in the donut hole! And those sunglasses look super cool on a little black kitten (who also happens to have a white Mohawk).

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I’ll be honest: The poop emoji is my least favorite because — eww. However, paired with a cute kitten clutching his nose in horrified surprise, it’s not quite as disgusting.

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Emojis are the ultimate piece of pop culture symbolism, and kittens are internet stars. Tania found herself wondering how the two had never been paired in digital art, and a new project was born. Her playful collection blends studio photography
with digital art, putting kittens in a brand-new landscape.

To see more of Tania’s work, check out her website.