Lurking Beneath: Anthropormorphism with a Social Conscience

Lurking Beneath: Collection, by Kako Oya

Lurking Beneath: Collection, by Kako Oya

As a dedicated, lifelong  anthropormorphist, I was both captivated and unsettled by the work of Kako Oya  which brings the darker elements of human nature to the fore.

In “Lurking Beneath”, Kako explores the human condition by using anthropomorphised rabbits.  Having discovered that their characteristics in literature are depicted in a similar way to that of  human beings, she uses the  rabbit form as a vehicle to reveal dark and unpleasant aspects of human nature, and also borrows their vulnerability to express the frailty of human beings.

Lurking Beneath: Apathy by Kako Oya

Lurking Beneath: Apathy by Kako Oya

This collection focuses on the dark and disturbing  issue of bullying,  however it is not the theme of her work as a whole, rather she wishes to highlight how different kinds of people decide to behave in threatening situations.

Each rabbit sculpture has exaggerated body parts, which indicate types of people and how they might behave.  In Oya’s world, rabbits will watch wide-eyed, or gossip and laugh whilst another is bullied, each knowing what is going on, but doing nothing to help.

Lurking beneath - Group, Apathy- by Kako Oya

Lurking Beneath: Group Apathy, by Kako Oya

Her creatures are so expressive, the scenes she composes so imbibed with a sense of menace and trauma, that the observer cannot help but be moved.

A rabbit with big ears has one torn off by bullies and sits crying whilst others watch and gossip, but do nothing to help.

A rabbit with big ears has one torn off by bullies and sits crying whilst others watch and gossip, but do nothing to help.

Despite the forms used in her work, there is nothing cute or kitsch here. And her approach to her work ensures that it stays with you, long after you’ve gone home.

You can find out more about Kako’s work and contact the artist by following this link.

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