I went to a visiting art installation in San Francisco a little over a week ago that I found to be quite extraordinary. The exhibit is called “Intrude,” and it consists of five giant inflatable white bunnies in various poses that light up at night. They are truly a sight for sore eyes, as they bring back the joy of childhood innocence. But when one reads the sign stating the artist’s objective for the project, one will see how these inflatable statues of these cute creatures represent more than that.
Artist Amanda Parer has explained how these creatures are viewed more as pests in her native country of Australia, where they’ve been a destructive, ecological nuisance since first being brought over by white colonists in the late 1700’s. In other words, they have been intruders for the past couple of centuries. Hence their sizes, to acknowledge the white elephant in the room that is the environmental impact these colonists have caused by bringing them over. But at the same time, even the artist acknowledges how contradictory the viewpoint is as otherwise described in the previous paragraph. Continue reading “Storytelling Through Symbolism”