End of Innocence?

Wendy  Slee

Yoongarillup, Australia

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Why do we learn things the hard way
when the truth is so simple?

We are at the dawn of a powerful awareness, where play and
creativity can provide the answers we seek -
The path to our healing and wellbeing lies in reconnection with our inner child no matter how we have lost touch with that time of innocence.

Yet ironically we fail to notice that our own children are being robbed of these very years of innocence and play that we now long to rediscover for ourselves.

What is happening to the free and formative years where imagination and creativity reign supreme,
where fun and spontaneity define a child’s world and who they are?
It seems that from the moment of their birth, today’s children are heaped with the weight of our expectations, our stresses, our lifestyle challenges, and the choices we force upon them.
They are channeled into programs, daycares, preschools and educational institutions,
They are measured, recorded, graded, compared, molded and
fitted into bell-shaped curves,
bombarded with media at every level, pumped, hyped, drugged
or fed a toxic overload of adult content.
Any innocence they have gets trampled in the fast paced race for survival.

They are more familiar with a screen and a login name than an
open field or forest or a tree to be climbed,
They are more at home with the digital, wireless, handheld, mobile, computerized world
than the freedom and beauty of the natural one.

When their moment comes to seek their own wellbeing and happiness,
when all they have is themselves
and what lies within,
Who will they turn to? Who will they revert to?
Who will guide and save them,
if the inner child is not there,
nor ever has been?

(Wendy Slee 2008)
Created for the 2008 Mullalyup Muster Art Prize
Theme: Endangered Species – notes from a romance with economic rationalism….

This is the image that won first prize.

(I am still in shock!)
But also ecstatic, so a big thank you to Naomi and Elliott and all involved with the Mullalyup Gallery and this particular exhibition as I am very grateful for the privilege of entering work in such amazing company, and having it viewed by my peers….and to receive such high recognition/acknowledgement for my work.

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