MC2's post from last week got me thinking about a few drawings – copies, actually, the originals have no doubt returned to the earth long ago - of mine, things that I did within my first five years.
Let's get all Sister Wendy on this, and do a friendly critique, shall we?
Drawing #1. Unicorns as circus horses – the convergence of myth and fact within a child's imagination. An idea whose time has come? Surely so! Fabulous horses standing 2 1/2 times as tall as the Master of Ceremonies? Of course! And students, please observe closely that you may take note of his curled and waxed moustache. And before we leave this work, marvel at the dancing poodle, which the artist has chosen to render in pencil, the better to illustrate the creature's curly and wiry hair.
Drawing #2: Here we are lucky to have both caption and date: 'Merry-Go-Round at Knotts' Berry Farm May 7, 1960'. We see here the artist's choice to illustrate physical motion, rather than physical detail. We receive the impression that the multi-colored and textured horses are traveling at approximately 150 miles per hour and are in danger of flying off their axis. Further proof of this is seen in the expression of the terror-stricken rider, drawn in blue…perhaps because his cries for help have left him blue in the face?
So young! Yet perceptive enough to see, in the words of a favorite movie of mine, "the violence inherent in the system". Oh dear yes, so many times the Carmelite Sisters have been caught re-enacting the scene between King Arthur and the French guard…