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Heather Sherman: A Conversation about Symbology

Heather Sherman received her BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design. While there she co-directed the Crossley Gallery. She is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Fine Art at New York University. When not painting, Heather works at Greene Contemporary here in New York. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Heather for ten years. I started to notice in the past year a reoccurrence of rabbits in her paintings and thought I’d ask about the symbology. Here is the story behind it:

I purchased a Netherland Dwarf rabbit a little over two years ago, on a whim. I had grown up with pets, but never one to call my own. I am extremely attached to my bunny, Silke. In fact, I feel closer to her than I do most people. Like many pet owners, I project a lot of psychological stuff onto my rabbit, like love, trust, intimacy, vulnerability, etc. These are things one would often associate with human relationships, which forces me to examine the bonds I have with people. How are they different? Are they different?

I am interested in the idea of love and how it cannot exist without fear — the fear of losing that which you love. People aquire dogs, cats, fish, etc. all the time knowing full well there is an expiration date. Why? The same can be applied to human relationships. Rabbits vary in symbolic meaning from one culture to another — luck, fecundity, playfulness, fertility, fear, etc. I have taken that symbology and made it my own as a personal iconography. Rabbits, instead of being the focus of my most recent paintings, serve as witnesses to animalistic human relationships.

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Michael Hsiung Interview

Exclusive interview with legendary West Coast Illustrator Michael C Hsiung. Topics include guns, bestiality, male on male massaging, and large portraits of Michael’s face drawn by his mother. What more could you want?

1. What the hell were you doing shooting guns in the desert?

Ha-ha. My friends and I were down in Palm Desert visiting some a buddy for his birthday. His brother and him have some great guns — sawed off, old WWII rifles and handguns. They thought they’d take us out to the middle of nowhere to shoot them at stuff.

2. I’m noticing some elements of bestiality in your recent drawings. What do you have to say for yourself?

Animals need love too.

3. I know your sister is an artist. I have always wanted to ask you about your parents though. Are they artists? How do they feel about their son drawing male on male massaging, mermen, and unicorns?

My father can actually draw pretty well, but chooses not too. In her later years, my mother has really gotten heavily into art. She is excellent with ceramics and with pencil work. She made me a bust of myself and has drawn very large portraits of my face, which she likes to keep hung over her dining room table. Weird, huh.

4. You are hot shit. What kinda pens do you use? paper?
I usually use Microns, nothing fancy, but someone recently told me I should work with Rapidographs. You know, those fancy pens that lots of illustrators use. I’m working with those now to see how they work for me. In terms of paper, I typically stick to that Canson off white, acid-free stuff, but sometimes I like to draw little Hitlers in books.

5. Any last words?
Thanks to Dasco for doing this mini-interview and I wish the Mongol, I mean Mongrel well! Also, thanks to all those folks who e-mail me weird questions and photos of their feet.

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