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A Critical Review of My Toddler’s Art

Thanks to the LEGO® Group for sponsoring this post.

Kids as young as 3 years old have an astounding grasp on what makes good art. They haven’t yet learned to read or write, but they can construct sculptures so magnificent they’d put Michelangelo to shame. Are toddlers the eighth wonder of the world? They very well may be.

Take my little guy for example. Upon receiving the LEGO® DUPLO® | Disney Pixar Cars play set, he proceeded to construct astonishing artistic creations. Lest you think I am biased, I’ll allow the photo documentation of my son’s artistic process to speak for itself …

The Artist must commune, body and soul, with the materials that will become Art.

Image Source: Samantha Rodman
Image Source: Samantha Rodman

Here we see the Artist fully focused on the Creation at hand.

Image Source: Samantha Rodman
Image Source: Samantha Rodman

Even telling him that dinner was ready did nothing to interrupt his profound concentration, which can better be conceptualized as channeling his Muse.

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Image Source: Samantha Rodman
Image Source: Samantha Rodman

“Truck”
c. 2015
LEGO® DUPLO® | Disney Pixar Cars play set and play mat

This first piece spoke to me on a visceral level. Entitled “Truck” by the Artist, it is a reaction to the unbalanced nature of life itself. His commanding arrangement of the LEGO® DUPLO® bricks atop the car (or, “Truck”) allows the viewer to fully appreciate the protestation of life’s myriad injustices. Additionally, the colors that he utilized highlight his message eloquently: sun, clouds, and sky sitting above red earth. Indeed, Nature itself is not evenhanded.

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Image Source: Samantha Rodman
Image Source: Samantha Rodman

“Car Boom”
c. 2015
LEGO® DUPLO® | Disney Pixar Cars play set and hardwood floors

The second piece, “Car Boom,” challenges the viewer on multiple levels. What is this chaos, and why is the helper truck stuck? This can only be interpreted as a critique of the inadequacies of governmental responses to natural disasters. The contradictions between the cubic LEGO® DUPLO® bricks and the sleek shape of the car, juxtaposed against the hardwood (true artists don’t confine themselves to the play mat), create a complex visual interface that attracts and maintains the viewer’s attention.

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Image Source: Samantha Rodman
Image Source: Samantha Rodman

“Bam”
c. 2015
LEGO® DUPLO® | Disney Pixar Cars play set and hardwood floors

The third piece, “Bam,” references the frailty of human life. In an instant, everything can change, and banal and material indicators of “victory” become meaningless and inconsequential. The stark composition of the piece, with the upended trophy, LEGO® DUPLO® tower, and upside-down car against the unyielding floor, is majestic in its simplicity. Moved to tears? You’re not alone.

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I understand that most people are not expecting to see such powerful creations rendered by the hands of a 2-year-old, so I don’t blame you if you’re speechless.

Inspire your child to build happy with LEGO DUPLO Play Sets and watch their imagination and curiosity grow, brick by brick.

Article Posted 9 months Ago

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