rabbits

switching rabbits/heart like a boat 2002
switching rabbits/heart like a boat 2002

rabbit teachers. rabbits have been by my side for as long as i can remember.

guadelupe standing on rabbit 2002
guadalupe standing on rabbit 2002

easter rabbits, bugs bunny, thumper, my childhood rabbit frederica, aztec rabbit in the moon, i am a water rabbit in chinese astrology.

rabbit teaches me about vulnerability, softness, running, hiding, burrowing underground, being prey, fear, night, moonlight, the unconscious. she has also taught me fierceness, fertility, relationship, creativity, productivity, survival, strength. rabbit represents deep lesson for me. complicated and layered.

kneeling with rabbit and wings/healing through series 2008
kneeling with rabbit and wings/healing through series 2008

when i was at one of my most vulnerable times in life, rabbit became a great teacher of tenacity for me.

bunny gown 2005
bunny gown 2005

rabbit taught me to survive physically while being infused with spirituality. rabbit taught me when to go in and when to come out. rabbit taught me about how fear functioned in my life. rabbit taught me to go into the fear and not run away from it.

the identifying phrase for rabbit in chinese astrology is “i retreat.” it is the most fragile and delicate of the 12 astrological animals. but rabbit endures. by more fully accepting my vulnerabilities and my fear, i have learned to be very strong and resilient.

rabbit and tree 2008
rabbit and tree 2008

rabbits appear in my work as aspects of my self or my experience. sometimes rabbit is a costume, sometimes a hood, sometimes part of my gown. rabbit is not all of who i am.

column skirt 2007
column skirt 2007

and ultimately i cannot live if rabbit is too much of how i identify. but if i deny rabbit, i also can’t live. rabbit is an ancestor. rabbit is the moon. rabbit is my heart.

bunny bride 2011
bunny bride 2011

opening up to rabbit  has helped me become true.

rabbit at throat 2001
rabbit at throat 2001

when rabbit shows up in my work, i pay attention. i do not call her. she comes to me when i need. rabbit’s like that.

 

 

 

 

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