The subject matter of my project are my childhood memories and the difference in experiencing them due to age. How I plan to investigate this is by understanding that childhood memories are hallowed but they were created in a completely different mind. As a friend to a children’s psychologist, I’ve learnt in the past that before conversation and vocabulary reaches its peak, children operate in an alternate existence where their reality is constructed purely of emotions rather than a constructed realm of words and concepts. I’d like to try and recreate the difference in that through my project.
Children are endlessly fascinating to me because of their functioning through a completely different social structure. It would be personally very interesting for me (and I think to my audience, as everyone was a child once and relatable art is the best art most often.) to try and see my struggle in slipping back into that old structure and mindset.
I haven’t got any sketches yet as I’m still thinking about ways to join children… this means having to perhaps ask ballet/art studios if they permit my joining baby classes as a student, playing with children in a playground (is that even legal for me?), etc. I plan to interview my friend James Rushbrooke for insight into children and how to plan my “attack”; James is a professional trainer and consultant (“kidsultant”) who works primarily with children and is specialised around communication skills. He uses his expertise with children and the way they behave into educating others as a child advocate, and frequently travels around England to lead workshops with local authorities to better educate on working with children.
I looked at the list of Open Works and so far the one I’ve related to the most is Dylan Chandler. The collection of intimate things, regenerated over and over again, stopped to give a glimpse and trying to connect with the viewer in some way. It’s very addictive.