Monday, December 24, 2007


Sometimes a certain icon keeps popping up in my daily life. The story of this painting begins with rabbit images featured in an art show at Cheekwood Art & Gardens in Nashville. Artist Joseph Peragine chose a white rabbit as he explores the theme of “vulnerability” following 9/11. Also included in the show were images of Sherman tanks. Apparently its design was one that did not do well in tank to tank combat.

acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"

When I arrived back to Memphis, I thumbed through a book I bought at Cheekwood. In it I stumbled across a photo of a sculpture located on the grounds. Sophie Ryder built her sculpture, Crawling Lady Hare, in 1997, when she was an artist-in-residence. It was constructed out of tightly bundled galvanized wire supported by a steel armature.

The following day I met an art professor, my family put me in touch with, over at Rhodes College’s Clough-Hanson Gallery. There was an exhibit of T. L. Solien’s work. Several of his pieces included cartoon-like rabbits. I don’t remember if this one is the show, but it was similar to the ones included in the brochure I picked up. His surreal images depict events in his life.

Some weeks later when I was back in New Orleans I noticed a story about a giant pink bunny sculpture erected on an Italian mountainside. A Viennese group of artists, calling themselves Gelitin (Gelatin until 2005) stated that giant stuffed toy was “knitted by grannies of pink wool.” The idea was to give people the feeling of being the giant, Gulliver. People who have visited the sculp have been invited by Gelitin to upload photos to the website photo album.

Well having encountered these four instances of rabbits, I decided it was a good symbol for me to represent my evacuation to Memphis. Also, the day I went to Cheekwood, I was trying to get my mind off the fact that Rita was delaying my going back home. The excursion was an additional escape, if you will. For this painting I decided to paint a simplified white rabbit with a green background. The white rabbit was one I first saw At Cheekwood. The green background has to do with the Cheekwood gardens.


  1. Your art is so unique! I really like it. I have a daughter who is an artist, I am going to show your blog to her as well.

    The "dots" Blogger template is a perfect background... ;)

    Chelle B.

  2. I like your bunny better than the hillside eyesore bunny. (Gads...why PINK??? Ack!)

  3. chelle b.:

    Thank you. I appreciate your enthusiasm about my work. Since you mentioned that you did want to show your daughter my blog, I wanted to say to use caution on the Gelitin site. The bunny sculpture is cute. Some of the other art is more adult in nature.

    The art link I have for Yayoi Kusama also has more adult art. The other links should be no problem.

    Mo : )

  4. lana:

    After doing some searching I still did not find an explanation for the pink. However the press release describes the soft sculpture by saying “The toilet-paper-pink creature lies on its back.”

    Beyond that I do have two thoughts about the color choice. Christo and Jeanne-Claude use pink in many of their installations. Also, since red is a complementary color of green, pink is not that far off from red.

    The rabbit does remind me bit of Hoops of Hoops and Yoyo.

    Mo : )