APA Zodiac: Wooden Rabbit, Limited Edition Print
The APA Zodiac is a celebration of hybrid identities. There are 12 animal signs in the Chinese Zodiac and 5 elements that shape who we are. Each astrological animal is mapped with elements of landscapes of the Americas, paying homage to the intricacies of heritage and who we are.
Inspired by stories and conversations with my Taiwanese mother about our family's history, our immigration, our struggles with colonization and assimilation, and our future.
This is the Wooden Rabbit + Red Mulberry Tree.
The rabbit is the fourth zodiac sign, and also possibly the most common sign in the part of my family that immigrated to the US. From my grandma to me, we have four rabbits, all representing a different element. Wooden rabbit is the only one we're missing. :)
This wooden rabbit references the red mulberry trees I grew up picking fresh berries from, and my dad's final home. Our family was also known to occasionally take in injured, wild rabbits, to rehabilitate and re-release.
The red mulberry tree is the only mulberry tree native to North America. The majority of mulberry species are from Asia. In Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, the tree has often been interlinked with faith. In China, the tree linked heaven and earth. Because mulberry trees wait until well after the final frost to bud, they're often associated with patience and wisdom.
Hand signed Limited Edition Print of 100 of the original artwork.
Giclee Print on Archival Paper for the lifelong collector.
5 x 7 inch print matted for an 8 x 10 inch frame.