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Rarest Riverine Rabbit

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Exhibition of paintings in the book The Rarest Riverine Rabbit

Word webs and word images are precarious symbols of transition. We need the image to evoke emotion and language to bring the direct experience to consciousness.

The imponderable mystery of the marriage of image and word leads to the intermingling and colliding of mind, soul, and spirit….that is when we suddenly change…it is just a little jump to the left…and things will never be the same…


These illustrations in Rarest Riverine Rabbit lead us with words and images past the gates of everyday forgetting to meet and rediscover the almost extinct Riverine Rabbit on a farm in the Swartberg Mountains in the Karoo region of South Africa. The story is woven with words and images that stir awareness about the plight of the Riverine Rabbit in a quest to aid its conservation.

there once was a soft

and gentle path

meandering through the mountain

it crossed the riverbed many times –

then a man came along

who sang another song -

he wanted a big road

for his fancy abode

woe!! the rare riverine rabbit cried

our home, our life denied.

the monster machine chewed the riverbanks

and gobbled the mountainside

they fled and fought for their lives –

although almost everyone died

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