Toaster Girl – acrylic on canvas; 40 x 30 in.
My newest series deals with a child’s ability to interpret their world representationally through their uncomplicated creative responses to life. The adult artist, in comparison, can express a developed philosophy and analytical point of view. Both adult and child give validity to their two-dimensional expressions, recording response and memory uniquely in their own time and place. Much as a child might scribble on an important document, I playfully reverse the role of the child and adult by defacing their work. I encourage us to re-evaluate the creative spirit and honesty of children’s imagery and mark making through juxtaposition and metaphorical layering of interior domestic icons. The synthesis of child and adult imagery in my work connects us to the passage of time and innocence and poses the question; which is the truer work-of-art?
© Pat Dumas-Hudecki