Artsy: Speaking of bunnies, you
used to paint what you called “boys with bunny ears.” At the time, you said
they were stand-ins for you and that they’re also partly inspired by figures in
classic paintings. Can you talk more about that?
Dubravsky: I don’t paint boys with bunny ears
anymore. They went from huge ears to, at the end, little horns like on the paintings of
satyrs from Rubens’ paintings. But I feel like I don’t need them
anymore. They just attracted too much attention. Of course, looking at the
history of painting is still very important for me. Especially when I’m
building the “stage” for the figures in the landscape. I also used to look for my
models on the internet, photographed in those classical poses, like
“contrapost.” I tried to paint them more stretched out or skinnier so
that the pose—which is supposed to be “classically” sexy—looks skinnier, more
androgynous, and disturbing.