Quartet of Pushovers

Added on by Mia Halton.

I just finished this group of 4 drawings (30” square, oilstick on handmade paper), and was wondering why anyone except for me would care about them. I’m not being disparaging; I like them a lot. The Pushover is part of the Bullying series I began 2 years ago. He’s based loosely on the clown toy that pops back up after being pushed down.

We all have opinions about bullying and know how extensive and pervasive it is. Most of us have experienced it as well, either as a bully, the bullied, or both. I’m not saying anything new. What I’m doing is trying to flesh out the idea of this character. It’s my job as an artist to communicate my connection to my subject in such a way that I invite the viewer to consider old ideas in new ways.