Michael Aaron Williams’ recent group of works is inspired by the plight of homeless children around the world. This particular piece was created in Genova, Italy, and focuses the viewers’ attention on a small child striving to remain a child, despite his circumstances.
Williams’ directs your gaze to a specific moment, where this child is still playing, still striving to be a child, albeit by making toys out of found objects amidst garbage – in the artist’s own words his “loss of innocence.” When I first saw the video documenting his piece, I was reminded of a business trip Geraldine and I took to Shanghai, where we saw small children, around 3-4 years old, playing with trash on the side of the freeway. So incredibly frightening to our sensibilities and yet neither our driver or our translator thought it was the slightest out of the ordinary.
What are your thoughts?