The Grownup Child
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What motivated me to create “The Grown up Child” series was a recurring event. Every so often I would come across an adult who embodied a child-like quality. There was strength of character and a confidence about this type of person which was reflected by their body language and eyes. This child-like quality can be thought of as a connection to our inner child or what Carl Gustav Jung referred to as our “original self”.  With that in mind I set out to create a body of work which would draw upon the adult figure as the subject but the adult head would be replaced with that of a child’s as a symbolic device for the “original self”.

Thematically I wanted the drawing to evolve freely through the marks I would leave behind with the conte, sponge and oil sticks. The texture of the paper played a large role in the composition of the pieces and inspiration for the suggestive landscape, physically interfering with my marks.  At that time I was beginning to become very interested in the mark making itself with what the marks would add up to becoming a secondary consideration. Something that I would later call Dodalism had begun to form.

The result is strange and poetic. Adult babies in a post-apocalyptic like environment, fragile and resistant, strong and inquisitive. The figures are frozen in time that never was, occupying a landscape that is between a dream and an idea.