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Children

Contemporary eyes exposed to digitalization and provocative stimuli.

While many studies warn us of the importance of healing the functions and plasticity of the adolescent brain, exposure to provoking stimuli remains constant and continues to be a modern problem in our everyday lives.

This calendar utilizes art and images on a monthly basis to improve visual thinking skills and provide an antidote to this pressing issue we face each day.

When a certain age is reached, prejudice and stereotypes about certain objects begin to form. With such predispositions, certain situations may arise where a child can become a pawn to one's own thinking.

As a child appreciates an object, or sees something new, adults have a tendency to inject thoughts and feelings about that object.

Whether it is 'pretty', 'gross', or 'cute'.
This happens despite whether an adult intends to or not.

Even before a child can develop their own thoughts and individual judgements about an object, such adult influences may inhibit the ability to describe objects and develop insight. 

Detailed photos of real and enlarged insects, plants, or animals.
Some adults may consider them: 'scary' or 'gross'
It comes out almost too easily.

However, even before a child can develops their own sense or feelings of trepidation, these external influences are imprinted on a child, and thus results in becoming a standard of fear or repulsion.

The colors of nature and life.
The elegant gestures of an insect.
The delicate functions we observe.
To focus on such things.
It is important not to develop negative views or perceptions about life or any object.

Also, if it is an assessment that comes from natural appearances, for a child that comes into contact with new lifeforms or objects, it may lead to the distrust of others and a fear of new experiences.

There is really no need for any prior explanation to a child.
They will be curious,
they will develop expectations,
they will 'want' to know.

Even if a child has been previously influenced by imprints by an adult, if you observe patiently, a child's eyes will light up with interest and curiosity.

Through such stimulation of unfamiliar and new information, a child can simultaneously develop the necessary intuitive, holistic, and abstract processing in the brain required for a child to develop. Therefore, as mentioned before, we have tried to provide images of not something a child may already know, but images where they might discover something new.

We already know.
Through these brain processes, it will not only open up possibilities of new perspectives for solving the countless decisions and problems and that face us every second, but will also help develop problem-solving skills to make thoughtful decisions.
Perception, intuition, imagination, creativity.
This is a required issue for child development.
To see something new,
make the right decisions,
how we should react to a child is something that we must constantly be aware of.

Albert Einstein once said, "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant."
Today as adults, we may be hindering this gift in our children, and teaching them to be slaves to their own minds.

This picture attempts to portray a realistic view of observation, while providing a balance with cartoonish, soft, and cozy feeling.
Diverse angles and outrageous layouts have been reorganized to provide new perceptions on space, boundaries, and forms.

The presentation of atypical structures and abstract shades provides the brain an opportunity to imagine an illogical situation and develop perception where objects in space can coexist in the light and darkness.

Familiar scenes do not allow new thinking or creativity in the brain (i.e., the cognitive brain/left hemisphere), as they fail to deceive the brain.

A painting with the hopeful attempts be invaluable and to go beyond the perceptions for both children and adults.
Some paintings have concentrated on realistic expression, but strong attempts have been made to disrupt general thinking and trained perception by using illogical contradicting pictures and absurd expressions.

When adults who know the importance of art and perception see aesthetic observations, something which may be both complicated and contradictory works of art, they unbiasedly accept. 
Children must understand how to connect what they learn and apply it in the real world. 
Included in this calendar are pictures from fairy tales, for children out of fear that there is already too much to for them to transfuse and breakthrough in this diversified world.

A shift in one's way of thinking.
It is not easy.
As such, Einstein has also noted:
"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
Using the same way of thinking cannot solve the problem.

A shift in perceptions arises when the skill to detect both the picture and marginal space simultaneously is developed.

In a state of no language or time interference, or when the 'trapped' brain is in a state of 'free thought', is when the brain will change itself amidst the real and the hidden world and be enlightened.
Thus, it will demonstrate a strong attention and concentration that cannot be approached with a general way of thinking.

When something not seen becomes seen,
when something never drawn before is drawn,
when something unknown becomes known:
these are things that are special to children.
I wanted to gift children the pure wonder of a 'magical ability' to see things correctly.

Creativity,
an ability to see infinite possibilities with two internal thoughts cooperating at first, but separating into two opposing minds. 

It is my hope that my pictures will open the eyes in children with mystery and wonder

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