The Gallery: Aquarabbit

The Gallery: Aquarabbit

Nov 3, 2006

We knew Aquarabbit as an AT regular long before AT:SF was a twinkle in Maxwell's eye. She was also a finalist in the AT See My Artwork! Contest. So we were excited to actually meet her at the launch party. And we noticed something interesting: Aquarabbit has a fan club. Readers kept asking where Aquarabbit was because they wanted to meet her. People coming into the party who couldn't remember the magic password to get into Propeller (slinks) said. . .Aquarabbit.

So, just who is Aquarabbit? Dana Robson is a Bay Area native who studied clothing design in London, and received her bachelor's degree from the American College for Applied Arts. Her mixed media work incorporates needlepoint, acrylics (on canvas, wood, and scraps of paper), watercolor pencil, and painting on glass.

Mixed media on paper and glass; 8x8x2 (framed)
Dana/Aquarabbit says: I like to explore the tiny things that have a big impact. Nature is filled with tiny: tiny creatures digging in the dirt, tiny moments in time that can change your life, a tiny gesture that stays in your heart forever.

My work examines both the moment a memory is born, and those long hours spent remembering. While science provides us the mechanism to remember, nature often gives us the desire to forget. It is this constant pull that I examine by bringing images to life with needle and thread.

mixed media on paper; 6x8" (framed)
I've been working on this current series for about a year now, and I still love it and still feel like there are a million things left to explore before I move on to the next thing. After branching out into some larger works earlier this year, I'm back to doing what I really love best -- tiny. I love the intimacy of small pieces; a good small piece will make you immediately cross the room to see what it is.

16x20", mixed media on canvas
Aquarabbit's work is in the group show opening tonight at Artist-Xchange, and continuing through November. She'll also be in the tiny show at STUDIO Gallery later in the month.

I'm excited to have some shows coming up for the holidays that will showcase tiny art. Studio Gallery's yearly Tiny show this month is a great place to pick up (affordable!) art for yourself or for a gift... everything has to fit in the 7x7" grid they mark on the walls.

3x3x2", aluminum mesh, linen, and thread
You can also purchase Aquarabbit's work on her website.

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