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I Am Youth, I Am Joy (Heather René Dunaway)

I Am Youth, I Am Joy (Heather René Dunaway)

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Heather René Dunaway
I Am Youth, I Am Joy

Mixed media
Based on Peter Pan by JM Barrie

Dunaway’s works often incorporate hidden meanings alongside vintage and history inspired visuals. The Rooster, for her, is a visual nod to the “rooster kitchen” aesthetic from the 90s and early 2000s; reminding her of her own childhood, but also the childhoods of her parents who both had chickens as pets and as farm animals.  “I am youth. I am joy. I am a little bird that has broken out of the egg,” Peter crows to Captain Hook. This line reminds Dunaway of the question “What came first, the chicken or the egg?” The cyclical nature of this question perfectly showcases Hook and Pan’s relationship, conveyed in this work.