2018, Oil painting on hand made, hand pulped "Dodgy" paper mounted on wood panel, 508x406mm
Background: "It's just not fair!" thought Eloise. "I'm only 10 minutes late for dinner but Mum's so mad. It's not like I burned down the house, or something. I was just playing outside. I wasn't bad. I'm fine. I can look after myself. I'm big enough to do what I want. She's not the boss of me!"
(Title adapted from Matthew Woodring Stover's novel "Blade of Tyshalle")
This painting looks at the awakening of self in a child. That moment when they distinguish themselves as separate from their parents and crave independence. They want to make decisions for themselves, take responsibility, be their own boss; but in reality their parents have quite a different viewpoint. This realisation of self, faced with society's resistance to allow that child to be truly independent, pushes the child to closely examine their role in the family unit, their place in the world, their rights, their aspirations, and they push the boundaries. And have lots of bad moods! From the charity "Sphere" group show at Off The Kerb Gallery to celebrate the galley's 12th birthday (charity supported: Asylum Seeker Resource Centre). All pieces addressed the concept of "existentialism".