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Amber Aguirre: Year of the Rabbit
October 4 - December 2Free
Amber Aguirre Presents: 365 Bunnies
October 4 - December 2, 2023
Amber Aguirre is a celebrated ceramic artist whose works delve into collective social consciousness and the human condition.
“In 2011 Aguirre produced her first body of work commemorating the Chinese Year Of The Rabbit, making 365 rabbit sculptures, each day of the year being. When the Year Of The Rabbit rolled around again in 2023, she was motivated to repeat the project, adding familiar names of family and friends to each rabbit. However, as it often does, life gets in the way and while this time the motivation remained the same, the inspiration and emotion was elevated. Early in the project, trauma affected the family when Amber’s daughter Kailie was diagnosed with a brain tumor…The proceeds from the sale of each rabbit are being donated to the UCLA Brain Cancer Research Center in honor of Kailei.
Each bunny is hollow, and each has its own personality and gestures. The hollowness does not represent a void, but rather a vessel of containment. The surface does not present itself as a canvas upon which to decorate, but mirrors our skin defining and expressing our inward spirit and existence. Diversity was a focus. The chosen names go beyond those familiar with the artist and include male, female, non-gender specific and span different countries and cultures. There are some with female genitals, some with male, and some without. Because the bunnies are ultimately avatars for humans, it was critical to represent all, not just our western culture and sexuality. They reproduce and fill the planet just like we humans have, and along with that comes every possible combination of being.”
– “The Language of Art; Amber Aguirre’s Bunny Project,” Steven Branfman
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