a prompt to draw memories


This past summer I was asked to design a Fotoplay page to begin the new year at the Early Stage School in Warsaw. With an endless interest in including images of hands in so much of my work, like HERE, HERE, and HERE, I came up with the image you see above. As always, the kids created some wonderful drawings: families on the beach, a ferris wheel, catching a fish, ice cream, a dolphin jumping through a hoop, a trampoline, a crab, a sand castle, the Turkish flag, a snail. But many of them did something else that I didn’t expect. They used the page to create a unified series of drawings, often with close-ups of a main drawing. Each page is like a mini solo exhibition, drawn from the deep, colorful well of memory.