One-Eyed Jack. Painted steel, 26’ x 16’ x 12’, Scottsdale, AZ, 2018.
One-eyed Jack is a symbol of fecundity, rebirth, and like Lewis Carroll’s fictional White Rabbit, it beckons us to make the leap down the rabbit hole into Wonderland.
Historically, rabbits are associated with reproduction. They are a recurring motif in the arts as old as the cave paintings of Lascaux. They symbolize fertility, magic, transformation, intuition, the power of listening and clairaudience.
Joseph Beuys, who often found a place for a rabbit in his works, sees it as symbolizing resurrection. He stated that the rabbit "... has a direct relationship to birth... For me, the rabbit is the symbol of incarnation. He buries himself in the ground. He incarnates himself in the earth, and that alone is important.”