ELIZABETH LIBERT, Certificate 08
16 h x 20 w
DESCRIPTION: This body of work focuses on my two young sons. As a mother and an artist I am both intrigued and concerned by their animal-like behavior. They are drawn to nature, violence, and games of strategy like teenagers are to a bonfire on the beach (or the glow of their iPhones).That said, they are more affectionate and caring than most adults I know. I struggle with this dichotomy in their behavior. When I was a younger woman I endured and witnessed harassment, most often by men (especially those who grew up entitled by privilege). Our cultural response to males behaving badly is often met with the excuse, "boys will be boys." I always found it unfair and ridiculous that an entire gender had assumed damaging tendencies. But as my sons grew into children, I began to observe their affection for play that toys with elements of power, violence, and sex. At the same time I'm struck by their fascination with nature and lack of emotional discretion. They let it all show - love, anger, sadness, and fear. These images document my conflicted concern for and adoration of their wild spirit.
ARTIST STATEMENT: Our cultural response to males behaving badly is "boys will be boys". I often witness my sons' affection for aggressive play yet struck by their fascination with nature and by their tenderness. As a mother, I struggle with this behavioral dichotomy. These images document my conflicted concern for and adoration of their wild spirit.
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