A group I belong to has a Mystery Muse once per month and in December it was my turn to make a gift for my beautiful friend Dawn. It was my idea that we have a Christmas theme for the gifts in December, it sounded like a good one at the time. I sat down three or four times and started Christmas ornaments and each time gave up - they had no soul. Then I tried a mini album - same result. Finally, just days before it was due, I got out one of my waste paint backgrounds, the one used here.
My idea was that these were quite bright colours - I could give each little face crowns and wings and make them festive. Somehow my fingers followed my thoughts of the day. And at that time I was contemplating labels, and stereotypes, and the hurts they cause people - especially teenagers.
These faces all come from the same mould, so they are similar. However, they are all different shapes and colours with different little personalities. And yet, at first and perhaps second glance the adornments - the outside trimmings are what catches the eye - and in society often leads to judgments.
When I finished this project I felt such a release, I had worked through some angst and sadness. I was left with a feeling of peace; I can't fix the world, I can see the teenagers in my care ... Really see them.