Artist Statement: Playboy bunny, sexy bunny Halloween costumes, a sexualized Lola Bunny from Space Jam. The rabbit, the prey animal, has been equated with sex repeatedly. Why is being vulnerable and weak considered sexy and desirable? The purpose of this work is to reclaim and rematriate the rabbit as a symbol of power for femininity, countering the tradition of being seen as prey. Here, the Rabbit holds the power. She looms over the viewer; she takes the form of the hunter instead of the hunted. A soft, candy colour palette staining the canvas mixes with the harsh black marks of charcoal to pull together and create a tension I feel often: the desire to both be hard and tough against the world that feels against you, as well as be free to nurture vulnerability and compassion as a form of feminine strength.