“The rabbits mingled naturally. They did not talk for talking’s sake, in the artificial manner that human beings – and sometimes even their dogs and cats – do. But this did not mean that they were not communicating; merely that they were not communicating by talking.”
Rabbits. Rabbits will indeed communicate with you this month, if you come by Practical Art to view our latest show, “Hare.” Christy Puetz has out done herself with her whimsical and thought-provoking sculptures. Her rabbits will make you laugh, make you ask questions, make you frown, make you smile– her rabbits will make you feel.
Inspired by the rabbits of Watership Down, Christy has built her works using fiber art covered in combinations of tactile materials, like glass beads and repurposed or up-cycled items. The decorative outer layer represents a unique ‘skin,’ the pattern of which tells (or emphasizes) the story of the piece. Christy explains her methods, saying, “I use absurdity, beauty, and humor to comment on issues in a way that makes difficult subjects more approachable– issues like how the history of disease has shaped the world, how humans affect animal habitat, and the mysteries of human behavior.”
To find out more about her art, we asked Christy to answer a few questions about the show. Here is what she had to say:
What processes/materials did you use to create the pieces?
I, first, envision the storyline for each piece and how the pose should look. Then I create the pattern for forms, and hand construct them. Last, I complete the glass bead embroidery (each bead is sewn on a few at a time).
What inspired your work for the show?
I have wanted to do a show of all rabbits for a long time– their ears and symbolism intrigue me. I was also inspired by the novel by Richard Adams, titled Watership Down, and the animate film by the same name. I really wanted to capture particular emotions in both the pose and the bead pattern for each piece.
What is your favorite part about making art?
Making art is like mind yoga to me, it is an outlet for my energy. I have so many ideas, the slow and repetitive process helps me to relax.
Do you have a favorite piece in the show? If so, what is it?
I have two: Dandelion and Irma. Dandelion was the first of the series, finishing this piece inspired me to do more. Irma was inspired by a friend that continues to influence my life.
If you had to describe your show in 5 words or less, what words would you use?
tactile, sentimental, symbolic, humorous, beautiful
Meet Christy’s rabbits throughout the month of August, here at Practical Art. Come by this Friday night, August 5th from 7:00-9:00 for a special artist’s reception, and meet Christy for yourself. We can’t wait to see you there!