Collaborating with and Archiving Children’s Visual Exploration.
Artwork that is unique to a child’s personality is worth preserving and “encapsulating.” These are pieces that are imagined out of a particular moment in time that can not be repeated.
Some of the work that I store is developed into more significant collaborative artworks with permanence…artworkthatencapsulates children’s otherwise fleeting visual story. The images below document some of the projects.
“And, lest we forget, kids are made of sterner stuff than we tend to give them credit for.” (Little Big Books, Gestalten, 2011)
“The Lightening Guys” Chapter Book by Otto
Cleaning all the images in Photoshop.
My dad trims each book.
Hand-painted white on cover.
Three pages of A4 paper were cut into little pieces, because “I like the way that the vacuum sucks them up.” The character above was the last one standing.
(The 7-year-old artist notes that there are three pieces of every shape.)
“I wunt to fit pirets“ [I want to fight Pirates)
Staining the canvas
The initial drawing
“Lightening Guys fighting General Rot Exit”
Collecting Potential Beginnings
Drawing from observation and layering with the imagined.
Wandering thoughts in the studio space.
I am a part-time scribe because of their 20+ stories with the most random happenings.
“The Evil Birthday”
We begin with tracing paper to activate divergent drawing and ideas.
Favourite characters emerge.
Glasses mean serious detailing.
A patient process
Children value the final piece; they study it; they realize themselves as the initial creator of the first marks. In turn, they place significance on their own thoughts and ideas.
* Digital videos and stop-motion animations can viewed on the Instagram page.