Goodbye

Jaelah

Austin, United States

Artist's Description

ink, gouache

I lived in Atlanta, Georgia when I was 3-4 years old and all of my first memories are of my neighborhood and my friends there. This image combines two of those most powerful memories: finding our cat Silkie dead after it had been run over on the street, and me sitting on the steps in tears and saying goodbye to the house and the trees and everything else in the yard because we were getting ready to move back to Wisconsin.

When I was two, before I had really learned to swim, I loved jupming off of the diving board. There was no hesitation, no fear, only excitement. Of course my mom was there to catch me, but I dove in with abandon! Curiosity, imagination, adventure, and play, are all the elements of my childhood that I savor and strive to hold on to as a mature adult. Stubbornness, timidity, worry, and impatience are the characteristics of my childhood that I would like to grow out of. This body of work is a collective expression of the transition from ignorance to knowledge, and from inexperience to understandingn that I went through at the end of my college career. I had to choose how to live the rest of my life and I decided not to sit at the edge of the pool and dip my toes, but to take a running start and dive straight in!

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