Wisdom and Wild Hares

RACHEL MARIE-CRANE WILLIAMS
Wisdom and Wild Hares, aqueous media on paper, 36" x 44", 2001-2002

Rachel Marie-Crane Williams received a B.F.A. from East Carolina University in Greenville in 1993. She attended Florida State University, where she earned her M.F.A. (1995) from with a concentration in painting and drawing and her Ph.D. in Art Education (2000). She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Art Education Department of the University of Iowa. Dr. Williams has worked extensively with incarcerated women, teaching art, theater, and writing courses in prisons in Florida, London, and Iowa. She is author and editor of Teaching the Arts in Prison (2003, Northeastern University Press).

About the artwork, Rachel Williams writes: Wisdom and Wild Hares was about turning 30 and coming to the realization that there are certain deep rooted flaws all of us face in cycles in our lives. The rabbit is a symbol I use in my work a great deal. When I was a child I had rabbits. One in particular had a gruesome overbite. His teeth did not meet each other so they never got ground down. They would grow and grow and even begin to curl. Each month I would literally have to clip his teeth. It made him sort of insane and me squeamish. For me, rabbits represent the frailty of the human psyche and our constant attempt as human being to maintain ourselves and our relationships with others in spite of guilt, jealousy, anger, frustration, love, and selfishness. We are always thumping, digging, watching nervously, and grazing.

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