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I have been looking at my journey as an artist. When I was young, my mind searched to understand the complex, the complicated, the intricacies, the conundrums of the world. My art too, was more complicated. Each brushstroke and each fragmented shape explored yet another aspect of consciousness, or an attempt to connect with the subconscious. I think the artist always ‘searches’ but the search for me in my younger years was very different.
As I began to develop both as a person and artist, I started to crave simplicity and beauty. In a world that I used to try to tear apart in order to reach an understanding, I began instead to simplify. I wanted to see beauty in simplicity, and I wanted to focus on the beautiful similiarities between all of us and world, rather than the differences. In many ways it seemed that in order to find the simple beautiful, and the beautiful simple, I had to look to my inner child. This inner child in many ways saved me. She didn’t judge, she didn’t overthink, she didn’t get sad over the bad things in this world. She just looked for beauty. She liberated me.
In many ways, this inner child fantasised about a beauty that she wished existed. Mostly because that’s what children do. They focus on the things that make them smile, that they enjoy, that are colourful and amazing. They love to explore all the amazing inspiring things that they are drawn to. They are happy to treat life as their playground.
Now I find, as I have learned to simplify and see beauty, perhaps I am ready to explore things in a new light. This light may bring to life a union of both adult exploration and childhood joy and liberation; or perhaps draw the simple beauty in a moment of complexity. I am interested to see where it might take me with my art.
Perhaps the child and adult me can hold hands through my art at last.
– Leni Kae