Toy Heart Battalion
From 2013 to 2014, I searched for my heart and my true home. I recorded my lessons learned and crucial decisions made on my travels through a watercolor and mixed media self portrait series titled Toy Heart Battalion.
Influenced by the The Wizard of OZ book series by Frank L. Baum (1856-1919), I created my own narrative as a toy soldier on an endless mission to find and conquer his heart. I used this personal narrative to develop coded iconography encompassing literature, music, sciences, toys, antiques, fairy tales, and the natural world; which, illustrate the conglomerate of elements that developed my understandings and acceptance of life.
The series is about the transformation of a hero's identity and concludes with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Each Horseman being a valuable lesson learned in the pursuit of future plans. Each piece of the series is a reflective tale in a chronicle about a boy’s adventure through life.