Drawn from common culture and rooted in our deepest memories, stories from childhood hold special power over personal and collective consciousnesses. Iconic representations of characters from these tales are deeply resonant, granting the artist who uses them potent emotional tools.
Timely subjects addressed range from Edward Monovich’s examination of the effects of global warming in “Heidi,” to Meridith McNeal’s exploration of lies and the uneven application of justice in “Pinocchio.” Cecile Chong, whose drawings in wax reference the classic “Dick and Jane” books, reflect upon cross-cultural assimilation from her unique childhood in China, Ecuador, and the US; and collage artist Susan Newmark addresses the roles of women through1950’s childhood books, celebrity, and comic strips. Yuliya Lanina created small-scale music boxes based on popular folk tales to examine the underlying moral messages of fairy tales and their effect on a child’s psyche; and Mary Ting references the three “See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil” monkeys to convey the evil in laboratories that use them for experiments.
Curated by Randall Harris & Anne Hoppe