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Rabbit Vision

Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit began with a desire, a need for Molly’s thesis work to be printed into a hard copy. I wanted something tangible that I could hold between my fingers. To set the words in ink so that they’d hopefully stop circling in my head. To stop me from whispering “oh fuck” every few poems and feeling these unnameable feelings.

Convinced this would be the path to my freedom I began rereading, arranging, re-arranging, and rearranging again her pieces. I transferred them into one document, doing my best to keep the same consistency and feel as the original compositions. I felt a small sense of peace once I was done.

After transferring the sections, I made the harmless decision to design a cover for this book. It would make for a good surprise for Molly and would look better on our bookshelves, I rationalized. My plan was simple, a black cover with one of the fonts found within the book. It would be an easy task to complete and I would be able to print the book by the end of the week. I was pleased with the idea of this book in physical form and began imaging where I’d put it once it was printed.

What I hadn’t realized at this point was that Molly’s work had become an obsession. When I closed my eyes, rabbits were all I could think of. And they were breeding. Immersed into this work I began to see rabbits everywhere. They filled my Pinterest feed, I noticed them outside on my walks, they existed in my dreams.

They were everywhere. I felt like this was potentially unhealthy but instead of worrying about it I simply texted Molly whenever I felt that reality and rabbits were mixing too dangerously.

This book haunted me. It lingered with me and I soaked in it for months. I worked on it grudgingly, obsessively, in secret, and with a fervor that I rarely feel towards a project. What started with a simple, text-based book cover became a detailed illustration. Then came the section illustrations. Then came my reaction essay, an explanation to the insanity of this process, coupled with process and studio photos. Once that was completed it was still. And perfect.

I’m hoping her work and our collaboration has a similar effect for you.

Some obsessions are meant to be shared.

Information on preorders for the book will be shared soon.

Cover for Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit a collaborative project with Molly Meador Illustrated by 9 Sirens Creative - Lauren Walke

Check out the portfolio HERE for more pictures featured in the book.

A Study in Longing

I recently set up a project group, Menageric Expressions, as a way to work with other artists on a large scale collaboration. Each project under Menageric Expressions will be worked on with a new set of artists (15-25 in total) who I will be collaborating with on a one on one basis. The end result of each project will be 15-25 finished, limited edition prints. The first edition of prints from this group will premiere with the project “A Study in Longing” in the Fall of 2015.

The objective for the first project is for each artist to work to: explore and expose the raw feelings of longing; to give breath to that which stays hidden but ever present. So far I’m set up to work with graphic designers, illustrators, painters, photographers, and writers for this project. Working with each individual has been a fantastic and unique experience thus far. As of now, most of the pieces for this project are still in the brainstorming category but a handful have already been started and one has been completed. I’m very excited about this project and can’t wait to give more updates on it as it progresses! Keep an eye on my blog for updates as we get closer to our goal!

For more information on this project or for information on how to be involved in this or future projects, contact me directly at laurencrest@gmail.com.

Update (4-18-2016): With over 20 artists selected to participate in this project, only a handful submitted their pieces on time. As deadlines passed and the show that I had set up for this project didn’t happen due to lack of artwork, I took a  few months to debate about the future of this project. As less than half of the group who agreed to work on this project has submitted work I felt that it would be best to let the project go.

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