Untitled (Snake/Children), 2005
watercolor, ink pen and color pencil on Lanaquarelle watercolor paper, 6 x 4 inches (unframed)
This drawing is about discovery, exploration and adventures as children. I was thinking of when we were kids we would play for hours making up games from we learned from being around adults and watching television. I remember watching Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kindom, Tarzan, King Kong the original black and white one. The most memorable experience was going to an assembly at our elementary school where we were shown and were allowed to hold the largest Boa Constrictor. I remember there it took about 30 of us kids to hold the snake it's entire length head to tale.
This drawing/work on paper was made in the East Village. I was living alone on East 13th Street between First and Second Avenue. There was a lot of change going on in my life at the time and I feel drawing snakes reminded me that in some cultures snakes are regarded as symbols of good fortune and to remain peaceful in the face of uncertainty.