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firewingedlion said: I am stunned by your Inlë piece! I don't think I have ever had such a strong reaction to a sculpture. I love WD and your take on the black rabbit is amazing. I hope I am not being "that" person in asking this, but could you please talk a little about this scene? Is that Hazel being brought in? Are the waiting rabbits specific rabbits from the book? I haven't read the book in a few years so I am trying to remember details. This is so incredible! Thanks!
Wow, thank you for such a cool note/question! No, you’re not in danger of being “that” person at all; in fact, I’m sure you’re not the only person out there wanting to know more about the piece, since I didn’t really go in to my intent when I wrote my blurbs here on Tumblr.
When I created the initial sculpture in 2006/7 it was just the Black Rabbit and the tiny brown rabbit he carried by the scruff of his neck (http://blackrabbitsculpture.tumblr.com/post/86322769984/it-occurred-to-me-that-i-havent-posted-photos-of). At that point, I played with the idea of the little rabbit being Fiver, but I was just as happy with it just being a generic rabbit, since to me, the real focus of the piece was the Black Rabbit himself.
The “finished” piece was mounted on a plain dark blue wooden plaque, and though I wasn’t totally satisfied with putting the sculpture (which was the best thing I felt I had ever made, at that point) on such a boring base, I didn’t really know where I wanted to go with the piece, and doubted my abilities as a sculptor to do more than I had. So I left the Black Rabbit on that plain wooden plaque, and moved on to other sculptural projects. I tried to push and challenge myself in the pieces I chose to create, and let the Black Rabbit and the vague ideas I had about a better base for him just kind of marinate for a while. A good, long while. :)
When the Black Rabbit was purchased in 2013, the new owners asked me to create a more elaborate base for him. In the intervening years between the completion of the Black Rabbit and his sale, I tackled a few sculptural projects that included detailed, elaborate bases, most notably my Eastern Dragon (http://blackrabbitsculpture.tumblr.com/post/15606453990/dragon-2011-sculpey-firm-just-showing-off-the) and Ganesha (http://blackrabbitsculpture.tumblr.com/post/74697316638/finally-some-shots-of-ganesha-all-painted-i), so I felt more confident in my abilities as a sculptor. Not only that, but I also had a pretty definite concept in mind for the base itself, and the new owners of the piece were totally on board with my concept.
I decided I wanted to depict the Black Rabbit, in Inlé, introducing the newest member of his owsla to a gathering of some of the other members of it. I also decided that those rabbits gathered should be characters from the book, and along those lines, that the rabbit being introduced should be as well. The newest owsla member, dangling limply from the Black Rabbit’s hand, is Pipkin. The rabbit who is skin-and-bones, with white eyes, is Fiver. Bigwig is coming forward to sniff Pipkin. El-ahrairah is next to Fiver, adorned with golden spirals and one tattered ear. Next to him, with two tattered ears, is Blackavar. Hazel is tough to see in the detail shots I posted, but in the first photo in that set, you can see his head peeking above the rock on which the Black Rabbit stands. You can see him better in some of the turnaround shots, which can be found here: http://blackrabbitsculpture.tumblr.com/post/98614748684/as-promised-heres-the-turnaround-photoset-for-my.
The piece took a long and meandering path towards a conclusion, and definitely lends truth to that oft-repeated adage that a given piece of art is never truly “finished.” I also believe that I couldn’t have completed the piece in the manner I did until this past fall, winter, and summer. I needed to step away from it and work on honing my sculpting skills, and I needed time to let the concept of the piece come together.
So, there you have it. As I’ve said in the past, brevity’s not my strong suit, so I hope this wasn’t too long-winded or dull to read, and I hope I answered the questions you had!
Thanks again for your kind words!
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darkbunneh said: What an incredible and powerful piece of art! Are you selling copies of it? I'd love to have one ^^
Hey, thanks! I’m glad you like it.
It’s a one-of-kind piece, so there are no copies in existence. I do have plans to do a larger version of the Black Rabbit in bronze, and that would be a limited edition piece, but that project is still in its early stages. I may have some resin pieces available down the road as well, but again, that’s still in the early stages.
I’ll definitely announce these projects here on Tumblr, though, so you might want to follow me if you’re not already doing so. :)
Thanks again for the interest, and for your extremely kind words!
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Detail shots of my “Welcome to Inlé” sculpture, completed early July, 2014. Please see my blog for another photoset of this piece—I couldn’t fit all the images into one post! (Link: http://blackrabbitsculpture.tumblr.com/post/98614748684/as-promised-heres-the-turnaround-photoset-for-my)
I realize I mentioned writing more about the piece when I posted these, but now I can’t for the life of me remember what it was I wanted to say.
Watership Down was one of the first novels I read as a child, probably at 10 or 12. I saw the animated film soon after, and it’s clear to me that both the book and the movie made an indelible impression on me. I reread the book every two or three years, and it hasn’t lost any of its power or impact. Most of all, I’m enthralled by the rich stories the rabbits share with one another throughout the novel. My love for mythology was certainly encouraged by reading WSD as a child.
Thanks for the wonderful response to this piece so far, you amazing folks!
Materials and dimensions and all that other good stuff can be found on the turnaround photoset that’s posted on my Tumblr, right below this post.
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As promised, here’s the turnaround photoset for my “Welcome to Inlé” sculpture. I’ll post some detail shots in a bit.
This project actually started way back in 2006 or so when I decided I wanted to sculpt my interpretation of the Black Rabbit of Inlé from Richard Adams’ Watership Down. I was still pretty new to sculpting, but ended up making something I was really happy with and that marked a pretty big turning point for me, both in terms of style and subject. Last summer, a couple purchased the original piece (you can find photos of it posted here on my tumblr, quite a few pages back), and paid me to create a more detailed base for the piece, and gave me free rein, creatively speaking, to do so.
The project ended up taking me about nine months to complete, and the finished piece is definitely something that was a blast to work on, but also was a big challenge. I’m pleased with how it turned out, and though I miss it now that it’s in its new home, I’m glad to have it off my plate.
It definitely won’t be the last time I explore Inlé, or the Black Rabbit himself, through sculpture, though, you can count on that. :D
Super Sculpey original/firm blend and apoxie Clay over a wire, foil, wire mesh, and wood armature, painted with cel-vinyl, mounted on a poplar board. Roughly. 25”x11”x18”
I’ll write more about the piece when I post the detail shots, which will have to be some time tomorrow, cuz I’m too sleepy to type properly now.
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Just a little sneak peek for you, my Tumblr lovelies. More in a few hours.
Welcome to Inlé.
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Jackalope sculpture, all painted up! This little dude is already enjoying his new home in Sedona, AZ.
He was a challenge to sculpt because of the pose I picked, but I’m really happy with how he turned out!
Super Sculpey Firm/Original mix and Apoxie Clay over a steel wire armature, painted with Cel-Vinyl (aka acrylic copolymer).
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Long overdue update on the ‘lope! So long overdue, in fact, that the sculpture’s already been baked, painted, and will be starting its journey to its new home in AZ tomorrow. I will post finished photos soon!
The Festival of Arts was a blast, and I hope I’m invited back next summer. I got to talk with a bunch of amazing, supportive people, and it’s always great to hang out with my fellow exhibitors and catch up. myarmcanfly, I’m really sorry we missed each other at the Festival (it’d be awesome to talk shop with you, and I was really looking forward to saying “hi” in person). Maybe next year?
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