Paper Trail

Tiffany Murray's avatar Tiffany Murray

There is a delicate line between the outside world and the world contained in the mind. Though adults often see concretely, children can bend the way they experience the world—imagining different realities for themselves, turning perception itself into a toy. Whereas an adult might have a hard time seeing a box as anything other than a box, a child can turn it into a castle, a Ferrari, a gateway to Narnia, all by allowing his imagination to influence his perception. Of course, the older we get, the stranger it would be to spend our days revving a box like a racecar. But with that natural progression comes a tragic and inevitable loss of wonder. Through words, through art, through travel, we try to stretch ourselves back into seeing the world with wide eyes. And it's in that vein I've made these pieces, attempting to fuse some adult skill with the materials and details and avenues of imagination my younger self would be lost in. Tiny cities, paper oceans, and worlds within worlds.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: Watercolor, Books
  • Width: 33 inches
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 63 inches