Claudia Elsesser – Forgotten Childhood

Artist: Claudia Elsesser
Title: Forgotten Childhood
Media: Watercolor paper, graphite pencil, colored pencil, watercolor. Mixed media paper, graphite pencil, colored pencil, acrylic paint.
Grade: 12th grade
School: Bentley Upper School
Teacher: Aram Muksian

On the left side of the diptych, I started by drawing out all the figures in graphite pencil. Then I used colored pencil on the stuffed animal and some of the books and watercolor on the rest of the books. On the right side, I also began with graphite pencil and then colored pencil, but I used acrylic paint for highlights and to blend some of the colored pencil lines. In this work, I am following driving questions which are: How can you show human emotions through inanimate objects? How can you use color to convey mood? This piece shows the idea of forgotten childhood and the idea of losing interest in things you once loved as you grow up. The left side shows my old stuffed animal bunny leaning against books I read as a child. A few of the books that I included also have the theme that I am conveying through this work (forgotten childhood), such as The Giving Tree, Corduroy, and The Velveteen Rabbit. This work was also inspired by these children’s books. The right side depicts toy cars I once played with. The toy car on the right is a much older toy that is missing a wheel and is on its side, to show its neglect, while next to it are two newer toy cars. This is meant to convey the passage of time.