BORLAND, Polly; CAVE, Nick
Bunny (deluxe edition)
Starring Gwendoline Christie. London : Other Criteria, 2008. Quarto, illustrated boards in diecut slipcase, unpaginated, a small book of poetry and text bound within the larger volume.
The deluxe edition limited to 200 copies with a signed print loosely enclosed. The deluxe edition is presented sealed in a pair of tights which need to be ripped open in order to access the book. This copy remains sealed in its original hosiery.
‘Strange and beguiling, ‘Bunny’ documents Polly Borland’s photographs of a real-life giant woman called Gwen. The book takes the viewer through an assemblage of images which explore femininity and deconstruct the idea of the Playboy bunny girl. In today’s world, peppered with cynicism and scepticism, ‘Bunny’ offers us a chance to believe again in fairytale horses, bunny rabbits, and giants.
To accompany the photographs, ‘Bunny’ also includes a seductive short poem by Nick Cave, and an eccentric modern fairytale by Will Self. Reminiscent of Lewis Carroll, these pieces reflect the delicate, bewitching narratives found in Borland’s images, where childlike innocence sits hand in paw with stark sexuality and the ethereal: “Well now, the bunny was a silly thing and not quite right. She had pink fur and her muzzle was sort of bulgy and cartoonish.” ‘ – from Michael Hoppen Gallery