"Trip of Our Youth", my 2013 Artprize entry, is a series of three large oil paintings; each 5 ft. high x 4 ft. wide.
My intent was to create a series of paintings that featured children and celebrated their spirit of fun and joy. I decided to take these small individual children and feature them on a grand scale, stressing their importance. Keeping the backgrounds subtle, I created clouds that convey personal thoughts or memories related to the child's life.
Each painting contains a hidden word to challenge the viewer as a puzzle, thereby engaging a sense of play. Sensitive to the fact that not everyone has a happy childhood, I tried to capture a care-free essence and the fun of imagining shapes within clouds. Each painting stands on its own, but celebrates diversity when together.
The name, "Trip of Our Youth" evolved from the word triptych (three paneled art), and refers to the journey of life. The individual pieces are titled "Aspiring to be Great", "Playing for Keeps" and "Thinking Happy Thoughts". I specifically labeled them "Our Youth", because I hoped the viewer would feel invested in children and connect to their exuberance for life.
Rosanne Coty, Artist/Designer; Grand Rapids, MI