‘Hypno Bunny – You Are Doomed’


For this exhibition, Sue Cathcart was inspired by circuses and fairgrounds and their slightly creepy atmosphere.  She felt her work really suits this as it is brash and very brightly coloured and indeed a lot of old theatrical and circus props were made from papier mache as it is easy to create an effect with it.

Describing the Hypno bunny, Sue says: ‘This huge bunny started off fairly cheerfully as a hypnotised bunny as the glass coasters were just perfect that I found for eyes. However as I began covering him in newspaper I realised that all the news was very very depressing and doom laden. Then by a happy coincidence I was passing a bin outside a shop and found the letters which after a lot of rearranging spelled out You Are Doomed! I felt that the rabbit represented us hypnotised by reading about the terrible state we were in and almost immobilised in our horror. Ironically just as I was finishing this the Queen died and the headlines changed from the appalling state of the economy to her death. The hypno bunnies arms are outstretched perhaps all it needs is a hug to jerk it into life again? He is made from pulp paper covering a polystyrene and card frame.’


Dimensions: approx 5 ft high and 3 ft across.


Artist Bio

Sue has been working in mixed media for 30 years; she works primarily with paper, particularly papier mache and makes collages and 3D pieces. Sue is a self taught practitioner, and would call herself a Folk or Outsider Artist. Her work is very colourful and ebullient with diverse and found materials combining with the written word to create pieces that tell or are the story. She has taught creative studies for many years before training as a literacy teacher and working as a community tutor, she now works part time for a museum.

Some art requires the observer to have certain knowledge or to be able to discover meaning in the images or forms presented. The artist guides the observer with technique and colour or by conforming to a certain accepted genre. Sue’s art requires none of this, the materials are obvious to the eye, they are a mixture of found and paper and paint. Papier mache is the medium used and it is the most simplest of crafts, paper and the written word is used to tell a story. The object is the illustration of the story, the words are usually written on the piece or in the title, the story is told and there is no hidden meaning. The observer has only to observe and be engaged. This is Folk Art, colourful and brash with no pretentions, obvious technique, obvious materials and message, full of life!