Honoring the Children
Basic sketch studies for painting.
The imagery in this painting popped into my head and I knew it was something I had to paint. The cuckoo clock and baby doll are from one of my many childhood bedrooms. This is a personal and universal story of childhood trauma and healing.
The broken clock is symbolic of how traumatic events transcend time. They are carried in to adulthood becoming part of our identity and affecting the way we experience life. The baby doll is an iconic symbol of children and a representation of my own sense of being powerless. I hated my doll, often abusing her as a way to feel stronger.
This painting is a movement beyond the past and a regaining of the soul. The woman is looking down on her childhood, honoring the survival of the person she was.