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Modern Day Growing Up

Part 2 of project Growing Up. Prints.

”I am growing old, but I am not growing up.”

Visual communication can and often does refer to ‘things’ that have no verbal translation at all. Visual Metaphors are powerful because they are images that are far from ordinary. They use two things that we normally don’t see in context of each other. In this project, I have used objects that grew up with childhood to call out issues of growing up so fast. We can not shelter children from the ugly excesses of the world, but the fact that the world– we, still allow the ugliness to happen means that it is acceptable for children to be like adults, in a negative way.

On the other hand, as a culture, we place unnecessary limitations on ourselves in the pursuit of doing things ‘right’ and being ‘mature’. This limits self-expression and the acceptance of ourselves and others.

Why is it okay for children to act like adults, but unacceptable for an adult to be a kid?

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 Right image is inspired by @rockylev on Instagram

Right image is inspired by @rockylev on Instagram