Dramatic Play

the plank
In the world of young children dramatic play is a meaningful way for them to participate in the world by acting out roles they have observed, expressing their interests and practicing being grown-ups. This series of spray paint and gold leafed drawings captures these intimate moments in time offering an opportunity to consider the formative steps of our development as social humans. The addition of scenes of adults in similar situations recognizes that who we are when we were little carries through to our adult selves.

The spray paint & gold leaf drawings are executed using computer cut stencils that precisely mimic quick, loose and unrefined ink drawings. The medium, typically used by the signmaking industry, offers the ability to render work that appears hand drawn yet looks machine made. Each image begins with a number of “takes” of original brush and ink drawing which are then spliced together in the computer. The resulting drawings use an economy of linework that portrays the subjects with vitality and veracity. The colors, stemming from a limited yet audacious color palette, paired with the gold leaf serves to elevate and illuminate these moments.

This exhibition was presented at James Oliver Gallery in December 2014