The pieces within this group of work are in collaboration with anonymous artists. These young artists tend to take a coloring sheet to pass time, express themselves, or relieve stress either before or after their school day. Often times, these pieces are left unfinished as they want to do something new or their time is up. These unfinished artworks are manipulated and included in this body of work to come up with a new creation and purpose for their pieces. Coming from the communities of Bradley and Bourbonnais Illinois, These simple coloring sheets that were left behind and forgotten about by elementary school students help to motivate the engagement of future students into the arts.
Through the development within childhood and education, there are certain aspects of design that are easily recognizable. From a young age a child can point out shapes and colors that they see. Even as they continue into adolescence, especially as they grow and create new things. No matter what, these elements are always there. This body of work focuses on these elements as the subject matter is fully abstract and the study of shape and color are prevalent. The universal and unique experiences of the viewer to an abstract piece create a sense of individuality. Torn paper helps to display a sense of incompleteness that represents education. Sometimes the teaching comes from the students in your class, or a mentor that wishes to share their experiences with you. As cliché as it sounds, you learn something new every day.