“Growing Up” is an unimaginably difficult process which yields an often oppressive abstruseness of identity. The state of a child is about exploration; creation, destruction and reconstruction. Children loiter in the shadows of sexuality, undertones of which are seen as both deviant and paradoxical to their seemingly innocent veneer. Childhood is a time of powerful emotion, unbridled creativity and curiosity; it is conversations, altercations and negotiations with chaos.
Every Nice Thing is an exploration of the perilous landscape of childhood and all its secrets, mysteries, beauties and terrors. My work is meant to express some of the fleeting charms particular to children, while simultaneously demonstrating an antithetical awareness to the more sinewy twists and turns of childhood philosophy and emotion. Through sparsely colorful imagery of equal parts playfulness and decrepitude, the works provoke questions about the difference - or lack thereof - between reality and fantasy, to challenge the notion of childhood as a time of unalloyed sweetness.