After a week from school and a week of relaxation, I am back! Painting and drawing again with my new concept- "Kids Having Kids"
This is a painting that makes a social statement regarding the pathetic and degrading nature of our youth. Kids today can reproduce as young as 8 or 10 years old. Apparently some states, like South Carolina, have their age of consent set at 13 years old. Ever notice how that show on MTV called "16 and Pregnant" always has southerns on the show? Its because they are legally able to have those kids. However, that doesn't mean they SHOULD be having them. So I am doing this painting as an extreme look at where our society is going as a whole.
(Before anyone tries to dispute and say that historically and in other cultures marriage and pregnancies have occured at this age, bowever, historically the opportunities in life were limited and with the 21st century there are whole new spectrums of experiences in life that are cutoff perhaps permanently as soon as you have a kid. I also think that our generation should be more responsible and have more foresight with our lives and continuing generations, especially with this great intelligence and technology that we pride ourselves on.)
Anyway, the painting shows a young girl, about 5 years old, who is in fact pregnant. This is an exaggeration of todays kids. She is holding a bear who's belly is a repeated shape of the girl. Also, the picture in the background shows an unhappy child with a single parent, the mom. This is to show where, in my experiences, the broken home background falls into play with the girls choice. Her smiling now alludes to her thinking it will complete that void left by her father and make her happy. There are blocks in the background also that spell BAD GIRL. The style is cartoony, but with the serious subject matter it creates a disturbing effect which I feel is necessary.
Heres the sketches. Let me know what you think!