December 12, 2012 / 30″ H x 33″ W / Mixed Media
Memories of my childhood cubby-holes designed and built by my father in our house sparked the idea of Kids’ Time-Out Capsule. I fondly remember seeking out the floor-to-wall-to-ceiling carpeted child-sized spaces to draw, read or write notes either alone, with a sibling or friend. This is another piece from the reflection of being a mom to young children body of work embedding mass produced commercial objects into the artwork. The IKEA chair found on my neighbor’s curb seemed to make the perfect cubby hole. As much as adults need time outs and parents need to give time outs, I also see the value of a child naturally needing a time out from parents, friends, other adults and the world. I like the idea of pulling the shade down in your own little capsulized world able to go anywhere your mind desires. It is a creative curtain from the current reality.
I chose a variety of objects to adhere to the chair and there is a particular reason for the colors used. The colors are based on the common usage of green for earth, blue for water and sky, yellow for the sun and orange for the adventure of it all. In regards to the objects, I picked the collection of cell phones because they always seemed to mesmerize all three of my boys at any given moment. They were and are still a great SOS item. The other items used are self explanatory, but were all a few of the many things my boys used when they needed time away to work/play on their own. There are aquatic creatures used in the bath, Dominoes, Uno cards, stickers, Legos, darts, pick up sticks with pipe cleaners, books and play money now permanently secured to their time-out capsule.
I also like the easy idea that applying paint can make something art. I’ll readily acknowledge that some may argue about that concept. But it is too much fun right now to work with my handy idea that I can apply paint in a painterly fashion on anything I find and it can become art. I know it’s fantasy, but there could be worse fantasies. And it makes the world a walking art supply store.