The artworks below are very dear to me.
You are invited to view this virtual exhibition of sorts as a special guest. The artworks and their coinciding process are on display.
Enjoy your visit!

Ephemeral Monsters

Each of these artworks grew out of in-the-moment ephemeral beginnings. They are the products of little moments with my children and some drawing tools. Automated and uninhibited, children engage in visual thinking intuitively. I kept and valued their drawings because they exhibited these authentic bits of themselves. With imagination and stamina, we grew these drawings into bigger ideas. The scaled-up artworks encapsulate stories and acutely highlight the memories that they hold.

The collection of artwork is displayed in our living space, entangled into our daily lives, consciously and subconsciously. This demonstrates that drawing and visual thinking hold worth. Cyclically, new work is developed within the space, and the visual language of the space grows and evolves. Ephemeral moments are connected in time; past ideas and thinking feed future creations.

The Process
To encapsulate and preserve the initial drawings, the various processes have included: scaling proportion, applying colour, creating limited books/zines, transferring onto stronger materials, and protecting materials behind museum-quality glass. Each purposeful application places value on the original marks, demonstrating to the child that their thinking-drawing holds worth.

Uurrrgllle! (left)
pencil crayon, transparent paper, acrylic, and glaze on canvas
20 x 20 cm

Untitled (right)
pencil crayon, transparent paper, acrylic, and glaze on canvas
40 x 40 cm

Maker Space Makings
up-cycled materials (plastic, paper, string), hot glue, and duct tape
2020 – present

Farts and Social Distancing (An Analogy for Social Distancing)
ink and paper collage on paper
printed zine, a limited number of 50
10.5 x 14.8 cm

Knights against Knights
acrylic, gouache, ink, and paper on paper
49 x 55 cm (75 x 55 cm with frame)
2017 – 2018

Realm of Monsters
watercolour, ink, and acrylic on paper
92 x 62 cm
2017 – 2018

The Walk to the End of the Earth
liquid watercolour, masking, ink, tape, pencil crayon, paper, gouache, & wax paper
61 x 22.5 cm (70 x 30.5 cm with paper casing)

Evil Birthday
pencil, pencil crayon, acrylic, & gouache on canvas
30 x 30 cm

The Lightening Guys
Small print run, Stitched binding
Spot-painted cover, “Self approved” gold sticker
15 x 21 cm

Strong Bullet
four shapes, three of each
paper on paper
50 x 50 cm

Process: Child-led inquiry
The child asked for paper, to cut up and such up with the vacuum cleaner.
“I was feeding the paper to the scissor.” He then slowly sucked up each piece with the vacuum, while closely observing them. As he cut the last three sheets of paper, four shapes remained (three of each). He arranged them on the dark coffee table in the exact composition as below and named the character “Strong Bullet”.

The Octopus and the Pirates
Acrylic and paper on canvas
204 x 165 cm
2014 – 2015

“And, lest we forget, kids are made of sterner stuff
than we tend to give them credit for.”

— Sonja Commentz (Little Big Books, Gestalten, 2011)

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