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Under 18s

A mini series of paintings by Sarah Walker and Cathy Bacon about non-helicopter parenting.

Naturally, there are very real dangers to children and teenagers growing up and of course it is of utmost importance to provide them with care and protection, but some people suffer more fear than others with the task of parenting, which unfortunately can lead to overly zealous protection of children, also known as helicopter parenting.
This small series of paintings is a glimpse of the quiet unseen courage of children developing through teenage years into adulthood. A sense of adventure is inherent in most children but is often curbed and dampened by fear instilled from parents and guardians. How damaging is it to personal development to replace courage with fear?


The paintings are of children and teenagers in enjoyable, independent but potentially unsafe situations. The risk underlies the mild thrill.

 

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