Implications of a Fairytale Childhood

‘What would the little red hen do?’ 2012 colour etching 7×6.8cm

A series of etchings by Australian artist Christine Porter, using a variety of printmaking media  that explore the way the lessons, ideas and “truths” in childhood stories inform our adult understanding of the world.

artist statement

Last month, while visiting my mother, my bedtime read was from the bookshelves of my childhood. I was astonished to find myself recognising immediately the characters, plot lines and indeed the nuances in books I couldn’t have even named a week before. I wondered how had these and other stories informed my adult world?  Did the indoctrination work?  Have they made me a “better” person? Has my understanding of “right and wrong” been stained rather than just coloured by the culture imparted by those narratives already archaic when I first read them forty years ago?
What happens to a culture when the next generation is weaned on stories of violence, anger and disrespect.
The widespread use of fairy stories in the enculturation of generations, is evidenced in the way appropriations of those very stories litter our screens, monitors and bookshelves. Fairy-tale characters and narratives exist in the public domain all the while being a vehicle for our own personal narrative/s.  Christine Porter Lismore 2012

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galleries that stock this suite of etchings

Australian city galleries
BrisbaneThe Red Hill Gallery, 61 Musgrave Rd, Red Hill. 07 3368 1442
MelbournePG Printmaker Gallery, 227 Brunswick St, Fitzroy. 03 9417 7087

Regional Australian galleries

Bangalow Barebones Artspace, Byron St.  02 6687 1393
Lismore Christine’s studio gallery, (by appointment)
MoreeThe Moree Gallery, The Max Centre, Heber St. 02 67523927