“It’s not what you are that counts, it’s what they think you are.” – Andy Warhol
It is this quote by Warhol that perhaps led to the birth of Jack F. Rabbit, becoming more than just a mask to hide behind. Jack is the Bogeyman of the art world; inspired by old cult horror cinema blended with childhood trauma to create a ‘monster’. A ‘monster’ that can be employed to instill fear and unease upon and audience to convey a message.
Rabbit's practice links the sublime, within society and nature. To subvert themes of sexuality, horror, and romance, to produce an uncanny and even cathartic experience for the viewer of his work. These terrors are a personal response to his childhood fears transported in to adulthood.
Rabbit employ a plethora of media to accomplish this, while using revulsion, antagonism and the everyday within the work. He aims to contest preconceived social norms of western culture, by exploring the perspectives which society may perceive as taboo, distasteful in nature or controversial. To achieve this, He use subversion, transgression, catharsis, and the abject, with themes of fear and a lurking violence.