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Published on Mar 28, 2015
Bunn Bunn gives a heart-breaking performance in her new dark-comedy (e-book) titled, “The Giving Bunny.” In this parody, Bunny lampoons the original work for the sake of educational, political & artistic purposes. Bunny riffs on the original children’s story about a female tree who loves a small boy. The tree gives all of herself to the boy…. first her apples, then her limbs, then her trunk, until she is reduced to a stump. The boy takes, offering very little in return. This extreme, one sided story of unconditional love and stereotypical gender construction had the Bunny felt sad and conflicted with the original story. She was frustrated with the boy’s selfish and pillaging behavior and the trees self-compromising, self-diminishing, weak portrayal of love and giving. In Bunny’s ebook parody, Bunn Bunn bravely puts herself in the role of the tree. By casting herself as a furry, selfless 'giver,' the story takes on a morbid turn, highlighting the atrocious dismemberment (such that you don’t know whether to laugh or cry) in order to emphasize the social, environmental, psychological complexities and the overall absurdity of the original, controversial children's book.
From the artist's perspective, the parody is an attempt to create a very accessible example of the idea that there are many faces (or interpretations) in the life of an object. The parody keeps the original story intact, thereby redirecting the focus from the parody back to its original... to invite the reader/viewer to (re)evaluate... everything, How well does this or any (literary) object hold together in our current context of social movements, social change and social relations?