When we are young, our imagination seems limitless. The world is a place of impossible discoveries unbound by the seemingly harsh realities of life we uncover as we grow older. I am intrigued by my own childhood recollections and imagination, exploring how over time this is warped and often lost.
As a child, I conjured up make-believe creatures entirely of a different world, some which were frightening, others which were utterly ridiculous. Revisiting this now, I began by re-imagining the creatures with the simplicity of drawings. Using different drawing styles, colour, form, and shape to create monsters ranging from comical to creepy in appearance.
Creating these creatures provided a therapeutic value. Through this, I grew interested in the mental benefits of drawing. Research led me into the use and creation of these monsters as a form of understanding mental wellbeing and illness.
I developed the drawings into fabric sculptural forms. I experimented with tangible and interactive objects as a method of comprehending the intangible, whilst providing a sense of comfort from an otherwise distressing illness. Addressing the realities of something which, as we grow older, can become the monsters we imagined as children.