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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
ClassificationSculpture
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

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