Make Pretend Collection: Little Max and Carol, tiny format III. 6x4”
“Carol: So, what ever happened with you and the Vikings?
Max: Well, in the end I had to leave.
Max: I'm not a Viking or a king, or... or anything.
Carol: So, what are you?
Max: I'm Max.
Carol : [sigh] Well, that's not very much, is it?”
-‘ From the movie adaptation of Where The Wild Things Are’.
“. . .from their earliest years children live on familiar terms with disrupting emotions, fear and anxiety are an intrinsic part of their everyday lives, they continually cope with frustrations as best they can. And it is through fantasy that children achieve catharsis. It is the best means they have for taming Wild Things.”
― Maurice Sendak
I think this is something we forget as we grow up. A lot of people need to work through childhoods that hurt them in order to reconcile their own Wild Thing …and so much of this can be done through art.
I am lucky to do what I do and every mark that hits a canvas is a little victory in keeping joy in my life. It’s the only tool I’ve got for organization in a world too chaotic to hold still.
“You think I’m trying to make art? Man, I’m just trying to make a living.”
Aliza and Her Monsters