Bunnies at the Park
DateSep 17 - Oct 3, 2021
VenueRomare Bearden Park
Some very large white rabbits, illuminated in stark white light, were a hit at Charlotte SHOUT! 2019 and they're back, and even bigger and better, in 2021. The bunnies of Intrude will stand tall, yet relaxed, at their new home in Romare Bearden Park.
Why rabbits? Rabbits in artist Amanda Parer’s (Parer Studio) native Australia are an out of control pest, leaving a trail of ecological destruction wherever they go and defying attempts at eradication. First introduced by white settlers in 1788 they have caused a great imbalance to the country’s endemic species. The rabbit is also an animal of contradiction. They represent the fairytale animals of our childhood – a furry innocence, frolicking through idyllic fields. Intrude deliberately evokes this cutesy image, and a strong visual humor to lure you into the artwork only to reveal the more serious environmental messages in the work. They are huge, the size referencing “the elephant in the room”, the problem, like our environmental impact, big but easily ignored.