Childhood ambivalence

Artist: Chelsea Stocks

This self-portrait reflects on growing up and leaving childhood. Hands comfort me as they reach out of the fairy-tale almost drawing me back towards the book. This signifies the sadness and dread of growing up, as well as the urge to revisit the past and stay in a simpler, more innocent time. My artwork embodies rustic elements and unusual techniques of bleach as a painting method. Acrylic paint is used to capture the essence of my features and details, while the black fabric contrast to the bright apricot of the bleach. In creating this work I hope that other teens can relate to the inevitability of ageing and to challenge the societal norm that “all teens can’t wait to grow up.”

Region: Bathurst