Christine Meuris

Plywood Portraits 2017-2018

The initial inspiration for Plywood Portraits is my niece. As opposed to the bustle of motherhood and work while raising my own children, in my time with her, I have the privilege of watching her almost from the perspective of an anthropologist. I watch her do simple things, watch her body make interesting shapes and watch her mind make order. My initial portraits tried to capture all three of these things. 

As I made these portraits, I began to consider the power of these kinds of images of all children. In a time when children are marketed to as never before, plugged in to technology at ever-younger ages, separated at borders and are growing up in a world that is only now reconsidering the school to prison pipeline, these kinds of images remind us that kids are still kids and deserve to be seen as kids. 

Chalk and Flower
Chalk and Flower

Conte Crayon on Plywood. 36"h, 2017 In private collection

Day at the Park
Day at the Park

Conte Crayon on Plywood. 2018 In private collection

Adina
Adina

Conte Crayon on Plywood. 24"h, 2018 In private collection

Liora
Liora

Conte Crayon on Plywood. 48"h, 2018 In private collection

Jonathan
Jonathan

Conte Crayon on Plywood. 36"h, 2018 In private collection

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