14 May 2013
Still working on the introductory section of my book God Is Our Witness -- the loneliness and alienation chapter. My own loneliness as a child was partly nature, as I'm an introvert, but also nurture in that I grew up living on the grounds of a state-operated school for delinquent girls. Nobody wants to live next door to what is basically a prison for children, so the facility was located in a remote / rural area in upstate New York. My father was the director of the school, and both my parents were trained social workers. They knew that my sister and I could easily become "institutionalized," so they made every effort to take us to events, play dates, etcetera, but I always felt jealous of kids who lived in actual neighborhoods and could just walk out their door and find playmates.
I was not as moody and glum as the child I've pictured here, but I think many LGBTQ youth can identify with this feeling.
Technically, this is a simple print. I used two blocks, one for the background and one reduction block for the child, and just four color applications.
Next there will be a couple of transitional prints leading into a new section of the book.