Duckrabbit, 2008

Simon Cunningham’s work is poetical and playful. He creates images that are in a state of flux, that are wrestling with one another or merging together to create new meanings. Duckrabbit, a hybrid of a rabbit head and duck beak, does just this. The sculpture was created in a response to philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein’s belief that resemblance can obscure our perception: we see with the mind as well as with the eye. Duckrabbit challenges our perception, it offers us two ways of seeing something but gives us no answers.