It Takes a Village
Mixed Media on Acid-Free Cotton Paper
Image Size: 20.25" x 13"  -  Framed Size: 28.5" x 21.25"
$2,300 Framed

The red neck feathers of these unsteady, curious, little hatchlings, reflect the genetic and cultural imprinting of their family. Their green eyes remind us they are seekers. They're watching the behaviour of others and becoming aware of their environment. They're seeing values enacted around them: resourcefulness in scratching sustenance from the soil; cleanliness in fluffing and grooming; purposefulness in searching for meaning. Someday, when their legs can support them, they'll wander out of the yard and into the woods.

Whose chicks are these? We who gave birth to them built our perspective based on the knowledge and opinions we formed as a result of our experiences. Thinking these chicks belong to us, we attempt to incubate them with our perspective-based values. We explain, and enact, values such as compassion and fortitude, which we hope to imprint in their modus operandi.

These chicks however are not ours alone. They exist within a community, that is, the village it takes to raise a child. They'll be exposed to others whose perspectives differ from ours, and experience how perspective shapes values. The experiences of our chicks, which we may never have envisioned, will mold their perspective causing them to question the applicability of our values. They may even question our intent in perpetuating our values, thereby showing us a new perspective. Then we'll know we've taught them well.