This body of work is a metaphor for the emotional disguise artists often wear. Much like alley cats, artists are suspicious of others—particularly other artists. They are elusive and hide feelings and illness well, until an eventual confrontation establishes boundaries. An international collaboration between artists Francesca Owens and Deborah Grigsby, “The Cat Woman of Spoleto,” with its antique wet-plate look, illustrates the ambiguity and cloudiness of artistic vision. This 20 piece exhibition opens the hearts of the artists, but yet, like cats, allows them to remain in the shadows, behind their respective masks, Owens, behind a white animal mask, and Grigsby behind the camera. 

Cat Woman of Spoleto 

Photography series 


Deborah Grigsby