Bunny In The Moon Gicleesby Tara McPherson
Giclee on Extra Thick Somerset Velvet with Deckled Edges, 505gsm/36 mil
22" x 29"
Edition of 100
Signed and Numbered
"The event that inspired the title of this painting as well as the theme of the 'Bunny in the Moon' show, and the first time I was struck with the realization of the huge diversity in social perspectives, was while I was in Japan having a dinner with some new friends. We somehow began discussing the moon and I mentioned the man in the moon. My japanese friend looked at me with this quizzical face and said "A man in the moon? You mean the bunny in the moon don't you?". My face lit up at the notion that when we all look at the moon people in Japan see a bunny! The legend, in a nutshell, is about the bunny that sacrificed his life to feed a starving man that was actually a deity in disguise. In homage to the selflessness the bunny showed, the diety made the bunny's ashes fly up to the moon so all could remember his image and act for ages to come. Also while visiting Kilmainham Gaol, a former prison in Ireland, I found that the executioners used little pieces of paper pinned over the hearts of the prisoners so they'd have something to aim at. This image stayed with me so strongly. So in revisiting and evolving this myth and historical tidbit, this image is about how the the ultimate sacrifice of a life and death can be equated to love, to give yourself to someone so completely and selflessly. And will they love you back? Will they write you a love letter on the blank piece of paper over your heart, or will they use it as a target and stab you like an executioner?" - Tara McPherson
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