“It is in playing and only in playing that the individual child or adult is able to be creative and to use the whole personality, and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self.” – Donald Winnicott
Jump, Twist, or Dive! is a body of work that is rooted in a personal journey of self-discovery and healing. Through an exploration of how one experiences childhood, we have been able to reflect on our own experiences and reconcile with our past. With this new work, we are asking the question “What would I say to my younger self?”
This question has allowed us to look at our childhood through the lens of an adult and explore the experiences and environments that shaped us. By looking back, we have been able to get a better understanding of who we are and how we navigate the world.
Jump, Twist, or Dive! transforms the gallery into a play area, complete with sculptures that form a playground-like space. The representation of these unusable playground objects expresses the uncanny quality of memories and how those memories are both viscerally real and distinct to each person. Three of the sculptures resemble objects we use for play, while the bench is meant for you as the viewer to sit and reflect on your own experiences as a child.