Pablo Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” There is a lot of truth to discover in this statement. As we grow up, we often put ourselves into a self-made box, barred in by made-up rules and social norms. A child has the privilege of a life outside of the box, they have not yet been faced with the obligation to conform to the “normal” ideas of their surroundings. The creative imagination of a child is astounding.
Jennifer Christy seems to come into contact with her inner child in the “Push Play” exhibit. She denies rules to her paintings and only requires that each piece starts in its own unique way. “Yellow Green Yellow” embodies the child-like spirit that Jennifer Christy exhibits; this piece is purely unadulterated fun. The painting builds on top of itself, first with pastel circles, then collaged paper bits, followed by uneven acrylic brushstrokes, and topped off with four imperfect lines of acrylic squeezed straight from the tube. The imperfections in the piece exhibit an end to the self-made box of rules and freedom of creative expression.