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animals, colonisation, cowboys, echo, feral, found object, humour, rural, sculpture, stereotypes, surreal, taxidermy, urban, venice biennale

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Roebuck Jones and the Cuniculus Kid

ArtistMichael Parekowhai
Production Date2001
Mediumtaxidermied rabbits, mixed media
DepartmentNew Zealand Art
Subjectsrabbits, cowboys, handguns, holsters, personification, humor, stereotypes
Accession Date22 Feb 2002
Accession NoC2002/1/3
Credit LineChartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2002

Chartwell Notes

Michael Parekowhai is selected to participate in the 2011 Venice Biennale.

"For me, it reflects, in a joyful and humour way, on the male Kiwi interest in hunting, and the impact of rabbits on NZ farms, and so I was reading it from a NZ perspective. Of course the artist has overlaid another stories such as the Wild West and the likes of the Town Mouse and Country Mouse but we can only bring our own readings. I was once a member of the Deer Stalkers Association, a long time ago, and so retain an interest in taxidermy, something not often then seen in art making in NZ before. Maybe Don Driver's use of animal skins are a link. So was the interest in play." RG