I gave my Grade 12 students the theme “Growth and Evolution” to explore as their year work theme. Katie interpreted this theme in terms of her own growth. She re-visits her childhood memories and explores her “big-bad wolves” and “silver – slipper” moments. Her artwork also explores the child in every one of us. She forces us to play a childhood stacking game: the viewer has to pick up each cup & not only look at the outside – but to look at the inside of each cup to find secret messages, wishbones, tangled threads and even a snake in one.
Katie sees life as a game & these cups are metaphors for collapse, the unexpected and the fragility of life.
This artwork not only showcases Katie’s sophisticated thought process, but also displays her mastery of drawing in the pencil sketches of family members and items that have special significance to her.