The sixth entry in The Five-Year-Old’s ongoing Photo Documentary series about the Dedham Public Art Project.
This week on Through the Lens, The Five-Year-Old visits Patch by Iris Sonnenschein. Local readers can find the bunny at St. Susanna’s Triangle (across from St. Susanna’s Parish at 262 Needham Street in Dedham).
Like so many of the bunny artists so far, Iris Sonnenschein typically works in another medium altogether, in this case quilts. Like me, she finds the process of matching up corners in traditional quilting to be quite a challenge. Unlike me, she actually has the skills to create artistic quilts that look like paintings.
When it came time to do a bunny, it seems only natural that Iris would paint the bunny to resemble a quilt with all those crazy perfectly matched up corners that are so hard to achieve with actual fabric. The Five-Year-Old and my favorite part of Patch are the stencils Sonnenschein painted on each color block to evoke the many tiny patterns on quilting fabric. According to Sonnenschein’s commentary about the bunny on the Dedham Square Artist Guild’s Bunny Blog, that was her favorite part too.
From the side.
From the other side.
From the back.
And your close-up.
The Five-Year-Old, disappointedly: “Mommyo, you forgot my favorite patch.”
The Five-Year-Old, forgivingly: “That’s ok. And the name.”
The Five-Year-Old, enthusiastically: “That’s perfect.”
Want to see more of Iris Sonnenschein’s work? According to her quilting website, she has shows in progress at:
Wishing Well Gallery
6 Tuna Wharf, Rockport, MA
Dedham Square Artist Guild
553 High St. Dedham, MA
Mass Audubon Habitat
10 Juniper Rd. Belmont, MA
Be sure to tune in next week, when The Five-Year-Old visits “Ear Ye, Ear Ye – A Tail of Dedham Pottery” by Elaine Matt Schaffner.
Patch (c) 2012 Iris Sonnenschein
Did you know that I’ve got a book out about the 2012 Dedham Public Art Project?
In addition to providing tips for viewing public art with kids ages 3-10, What’s That, Mom? offers much more detail on the 15 giant fiberglass rabbits included in the 2012 Dedham Public Art Project, including a complete set of (higher quality) photographs, influences on their various designs, and several interviews with the local artists who painted the bunnies.
- Meet the Artists and their Rabbits (Dedham Shines)
- Iris Sonnenschein’s website (www.irisquilts.com)
- The Bunny Blog (Dedham Square Artists Guild)
- Through the Lens of The Five-Year-Old: The Dedham Public Art Project (Caterpickles)
- Online and iPhone-friendly Map to the Dedham Bunnies (everytrail.com)