Giant bunnies!! This fall, the North Carolina Museum of Art hosted Amanda Parer’s giant rabbit sculptures, called Intrude. I got to go to the last night of the show. They were a really interesting experience, but they definitely left me wondering. The artist is Australian, where rabbits are an invasive species, so sculptures of giant rabbits have a different meaning there than they do here. In her artist’s statement, Parer calls the rabbit “an animal of contradiction,” but does that get lost when you show the sculptures here and rabbits haven’t caused the same kind of problems? How do artists deal with different cultural attitudes toward their subjects? Can art really inspire the same thoughts across different cultures?
Maybe this show didn’t have me thinking about the contradictions of rabbits, but it definitely had me thinking.