Advice From a Caterpillar

When Alice falls down the rabbit hole she meets a languid caterpillar sitting on a mushroom smoking a hookah. She enters into a conversation with him on which she’s on the losing end. Everything is confusing. The caterpillar seems to know how things work and Alice doesn’t know who she is or even what size she is. This topsy turvy relationship between worm and human is an inversion of the normal Cartesian order. In Advice From a Caterpillar Cruise explores the human animal relationship and asks the ultimately ethical question, “What happens if the animals were in charge and treated us as we treated them?”

Advice From a Caterpillar is the result of that collaboration. Combined with Cruise’s bronze sculptures, the launch at Arts on Main involves a trio of baboons, a couple of pigs, and a cat.