March 8, 2013

Rabbit and Maple - Work in Progress, Update 3

A truism about rabbits is their ability to reproduce with rapidity.  There’s never just one  in my neighborhood; there’s a plethora of them bounding about in the spring.  So I wanted a multiplicity of rabbit prints for this new addition to my Flora and Fauna series.
This side image highlights the workings of the jaw and those big rabbity teeth. You can also see the underlying structure for the twitchy nose. 
I like the way the tight circular stitching both highlights and grounds the imagery.

If you take a look at some of the other works in this series, like Skunk and Garlic Mustard:
Skunk and Garlic Mustard
Squirrel and Locust:
Squirrel and Locust
and Deer and Mayapple:
Deer and Mayapple
You can see that this is not a macabre treatment of the skull imagery.  The work is verging on cheerful.  As I'm working I consider it a celebration of all the small lives that are woven around mine here in the imperfect but beautiful suburban wilds of Lancaster County.  You are of course welcome to bring your interpretation to the party.

As always, thanks for reading and commenting.

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