Loris (2022)

Sitting on the living room floor with my 3-year-old nephew playing with Lego. I look at Loris who is hastily building structures and notice myself unsure every few seconds. My brain is hesitating to do something unreasonable. I need a plan or to create something recognized by other adults. Loris on the other hand, is still too young to have been corrupted by an adult world where unstructured acts of play are viewed as worthless. While I’m hesitantly building red and green squares, Loris is building tall, wobbly walls with colorful building blocks randomly sticking out on all sides and corners. “It’s a zoo!” he proclaims proudly.

 

I’ve been drawing figurative pen drawings since childhood. Drawing with a black pen allows for accuracy and lack of color expresses seriousness. Every adult caries within them the child they used to be. With time this child’s personhood is covered layer by layer, by societal norms and expectations to be a productive member of society. The abstract painting series “Loris”, inspired by my nephew, is a reunion with the childlike play that's been burried by adult expectations of usefullness.