As both a mother and artist, I believe some of life’s most meaningful moments come from the ability to fuse fantasy with reality. The photographic project, entitled Wonder Tales: The Imprint of Child’s Play is both fictional and autobiographical. This series evolved from my curiosity about the imaginative play of children and is centered on the interactions of my three children, Lincoln, Charly and Declan.
Early memories and childhood experiences leave permanent imprints on the consciousness. Through the toys that divert us, the pictures we draw and characters we imagine, play is essential to the development of self and the formation of personality. Wonder Tales: The Imprint of Child’s Play celebrates the spirit and complexity of childhood. This series investigates the inventive play and the uninhibited curiosity of children. The images weave tangible experiences with fictional narratives. In examining the discoveries that youthful fantasies and fears reveal, the exhibition attempts to expose the delicate awakenings experienced through fanciful play revealing a renewed sense of wonder in the ordinary. These compositions offer inspiration for the viewer to reconnect with their inner child. Opportunities to recall these experiences—the good and the bad—allow us an awareness of just how our youthful imaginations have influenced our lives and constructed our identities.