I look upon youth in admiration and admire them for their curiosity about the world, their shape shifting, their ideas about the future.
I love young people because they are always looking ahead, and older people because they can look back; and both make sense of the world so economically. You can learn so much from the wisdom of the young and the old. I'm just in between!
I think that there comes a point in the life of every young person to break away from the intimacy that they share with their parents. It is not to say that the intimacy is lost, but that it needs to change as children forge an autonomous identity and make their way into the adult world.
In a sense the physical connectedness that you feel with your children as a mother changes as they become independent.
I wanted to make a body of work that looked at what it felt like to be a boy going through adolescence.
When I see my work in a gallery I often wonder how I got to this point. Sometimes the process of making the work feels like a blur, and I look at the work and wonder how I actually made it.
The transition into adulthood is so exciting and remarkable to witness as parent.
Sometimes I think that I stay young and in touch with contemporary culture because of my children's interests. I'm so lucky to be surrounded by their talent and vibrancy.
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