'Choice' is an expression in New Zealand which means 'great' or 'fantastic'. This painting shows a young boy experiencing a choice moment, happily watching a family of rabbits from his hiding place in a hollow log. Rabbits are often referred to as 'bunnies' to children, emphasising their cuteness.
However, the reality in New Zealand is that rabbits are significant agricultural and ecological pests, so some degree of pest control is necessary. Methods of pest control vary as does the degree of humanity associated with each. Recently the lethal Rabbit Haemorrhagic Virus Disease (RHDV1-K5) was released in New Zealand and it is not uncommon for communities to organise mass shooting events as fundraisers and promote these as a fun family day out. Indeed it is part of the New Zealand culture for many children to be taught to hunt and shoot from an early age. Children are not only impressionable but will also shape the future. What they see and learn from their culture and surroundings will impact how they think and act as they mature and therefore how the future may be. This painting celebrates the innocence and joy of both children and animals but it also seeks to make one think about the effect of culture on a child's choices.
Available Editions of this Artwork
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|| Open Edition (unsigned)||Open||28.00cm H x 28.00cm W||$70.00 USD||