Degree Show

It's taken a while but I'm finally posting my final pieces for the degree show.

This series of 5 drawings focuses on the eyes of children, emphasizing how children watch and absorb everything around them.

-Robert Fulghum

Here is one of the two book sculptures that I created. This piece looks at natural disasters, particularly tsunami and other water related dangers. The book is A. A. Milne's "Now We Are Six", a collection of childrens poems. The sculpture includes characters from the Winnie-the-Pooh books and Kenneth Grahamme's The Wind in the Willows. I have used my manipulated pages to act as barriers and windows, allowing for depth and shadows. As you look through them you see one of my drawings at the back, of a child's eye peering out.

The blood red base contrasts with the vibrant yellow of the book mirroring the contrast between the difficult adult world and the playful child world.

John Habberton's "Some Boys' Doings" is the book used here. This piece looks at how children can get caught up in situations that they know are wrong, but do not necessarily understand why. It reminds me of the film "This is England", written and directed by Shane Meadows, where a boy, bullied at school, finds sympathy and acceptance in a group of skinheads. However, he gets caught up in his role model's racist subgroup and sees things a young boy should not see.

In my piece, the boy inside the book is looking over his shoulder, his body language suggests he is aware of something bad. From the right, children run to warn or save him and his friend. From the right, police are on their way to either save them, or punish them.


1 comment:

  1. Sharyn, you are so talented! I love each and every piece!! Where are they being exhibited?
    Stacey xx