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Through the Lens of The Five-Year-Old: The Bunny at St. Susanna’s Triangle

A young girl crouches to take a picture of a giant rabbit's foot.

The Five-Year-Old at work. Can you guess which picture she’s taking? It’s one of the ones I used in this post… (Photo: Shala Howell)

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.

Photo: The Five-Year-Old

From the side.

Photo: The Five-Year-Old

From the other side.

Photo: The Five-Year-Old

From the back.

Photo: The Five-Year-Old

And your close-up.

Photo: The Five-Year-Old

The Five-Year-Old, disappointedly: “Mommyo, you forgot my favorite patch.”

Oh, sorry.

Photo: The Five-Year-Old

The Five-Year-Old, forgivingly: “That’s ok. And the name.”

Photo: The Five-Year-Old

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?

My book, What’s That, Mom? provides 15 accessible, practical strategies for using public art to spark conversations with children between the ages of 3 and 10 — no artistic talent or insight required.

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.

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