“To foster the dreams and creativity of today’s young children who will be the bearers of tomorrow through art, and also to further understanding of the world’s diverse cultures and differences in global lifestyles.”
This is the Kanagawa Biennial World Children’s Art Exhibitions‘ noble philosophy.
To look at these works from around the world is to gain some small insight into the clear and open vision of a child’s eyes, where hopes and dreams have not yet been tempered by the realities and hardships of life. Every two years from 1981 this exhibit has drawn works from around the world.
The work above was one of those exhibited this year. I’m proud to say that this is also my own nephew’s work, but also proud that it is just one of thousands of created pieces from children just like him around the world.
To simply ‘do’ is that immediate process of putting pen to paper and expressing one’s inner realm that communicates something of substance to so many. Whether looking at these works reminds us of our own childhood thoughts, or of our dreams long established or long buried, the works have effect on a universal, and global, scale.