Chicken Little…

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Chicken Little, 2016 Cotton thread, found objects, rubber 95 x 50 x 25 cm

Chicken Little, 2016 Cotton thread, found objects, rubber 95 x 50 x 25 cm

“As Kierkegaard would say, every-time we see what’s possible, we make it happen.  We make it inevitable.” Chuck Palaniuck

Exit to exist

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Exit to exist 2016 Found objects, textile, cotton thread and rubber 86 x 35 x 30 cm

Exit to exist 2016 Found objects, textile, cotton thread and rubber 86 x 35 x 30 cm

“The Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard defines dread as the knowledge of what you must do to prove you’re free even if it will destroy you…..

….Kierkegaard says the moment we are forbidden to do something, we will do it.  it is inevitable.” Chuck Palahniuk

He sees monsters everywhere

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He sees monsters everywhere, 2016 Cotton thread, textile and rubber 93 x 65 cm

He sees monsters everywhere, 2016 Cotton thread, textile and rubber 93 x 65 cm

Our 8 year old son started to ‘see’ monsters this year. So instead of telling him that there are no such thing, I asked him to draw me a picture of this monster that he saw.

I used the drawing of his monster as his shadow in this piece…

I am happy to report that it’s been a while since his last ‘monster-sighting’…xx

p.s It also helped me as a parent to read the book by Marina Warner: “No go the bogeyman”, while trying to understand what is happening. Here is some quotes from that book:

“The children’s word ‘scary’ covers responses raging from pure terror to sheer delight and the condition of being scared is becoming increasingly sought after not only as a source of pleasure but as a means of strengthening the sense of being alive, of having command over self.”

“The toys, films and storybooks of today’s children’s culture reflects like two way mirrors our expectations of children and our image of ourselves, in potentia.”

“Monsters have become children’s best friends, alter egos, inner selves.”