My existing first drawing was rabbits and my primary school art project was of rabbits. My doodles on my textbooks were rabbits too.
I probably enjoyed drawing their long ears and cute round tails to start with but by drawing them over and over the image of rabbit has become almost like a personal emblem.
After relocating to Australia I found out that rabbits were considered vermin and an environmental disaster- despite also being a domestic pet. In Japan they are fetishised and populate traditional art and craft as well as popular culture.
I thought this difference in two countries was striking and was fascinated by the fact that a tiny cute animal like rabbit can multiply so fast so that it becomes such a threat to people and environment.
I wanted to create an image where rabbits meet under moonlight to make a plan for world domination over us for this print Gathering.
I found one of my first drawings at my dad's house in Japan below.
I was 4? The carrots confirmed me that it is a rabbit.
I also found my rabbits from my primary school project. I think it was grade 5?
It was kind of like a scratchboard method.
As my family say, I haven't changed or improved since childhood after art degree and all.