Black Rabbit in the Briar Patch

Megan Adams, 2020              

Ceramic sculpture 

Size: W22 x H24 x D13

This work takes its inspiration from The Tales of Uncle Remus where Brer Rabbit was a trickster hero who outwitted his foes, Brer (Brother) Fox and Brer (Brother) Bear with his guile and cunning. Culled from African American folkloric oral traditions, this rabbit, weakest and most harmless of animals, would get the better of those bigger and stronger than himself, before escaping into the briar patch and leaving his enemies to puzzle how they had been bested.

The artwork is in the form of a Netsuke jar which in turn is inspired by Japanese customs of the 16th and 17th centuries. Traditional Japanese kimonos had no pockets and men who wore them needed a place to store personal belongings. They would tie a pouch or small box around the kimono’s sash by means of a cord which was secured with a button like toggle called a netsuke. Over time these evolved from a strictly utilitarian form into objects of conspicuous consumption with varied themes such as nature, mythical tales, and historical figurative depictions. Megan envisions her netsuke jars as a place to store precious items watched over by these small animal sculptures.

 

Other works by Megan Adams:

Signs Ceramic Sculptural Jar A Murder of Crows Ceramic Vase   Raven Reckoning Ceramic Vase   A Visitation of Ravens Ceramic Vase   Pelican Blue Ceramic Netsuke Jar   Pelican Pink Ceramic Netsuke Jar   Penguin Ceramic Netsuke Jar   Seal Ceramic Netsuke Jar   Whale Ceramic Netsuke Jar  Mighty Moose ceramics by Megan Adams  Prancing Pony ceramics by Megan Adams  Zebra Zig Zag ceramics by Megan Adams  Seal Supper ceramics by Megan Adams



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Artist Megan AdamsArtist: Megan Adams

Megan Adams hails from Wyoming, USA and has been a long-time resident of London, UK. During her previous career in film production, she got acquainted with ceramics via evening classes and went on to complete a ceramics degree. While studying, she was encouraged to enter the V&A’s ‘Inspired By’ competition and has since exhibited twice at the V&A museum. She was also selected as a licentiate with the Society of Designer Craftsman culminating in a show at the Chelsea College of Art.

Most of Megan’s work draws upon historical and mythological iconographies, re-interpreting the allegories behind famous tales, and representing them in sculptural form. She explores humankind’s relationships with those who share our world and warns against taking these relationships for granted.

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