Exile Poster Project 2012
My poster for the Exile Poster Project 2012 Exhibition which focused on Homeless Youth. The initial creative sparks for the image were identity and child-likeness. I respond most deeply to the fact that young people on the street have missed the power and beauty and freedom of being a child. No matter how far removed emotionally they become, the inner longings of childhood are still a part of who they are. The tragedy is that without the opportunity to fully experience this profound time of life, their life journey is fractured. A serious, survival instinct sets in, but perhaps at the expense of joy, playfulness, and wonder. In the creation of this character, I sought to catch the complexity of standing alone in the gap between childhood and adulthood. The imagery plays with the themes of strength & weakness, as well as the formation of self. The crown-like shapes of the hair were not in the original sketches but happened as I was painting. I began to like the twist this symbol brought to the story being told. The title of the piece, I AM, is embedded in the base of the composition.