"The Artist as a Teenager" © wood engraving (ed. 35) image: 8 x 6 in. $100.00 (go to "Hi There" for purchase information)

The age from twelve to twenty is a radical ride of emotions, rampaging hormones and body changes. The young passenger hangs on and wonders what the hell is happening. The ride is worse if there's no guide to warn about what's around the next corner. The teenager becomes obsessed with how he or she looks, down to the smallest detail. When the red swollen "headlights" begin to appear on the nose, forehead and cheeks, friends are generous with advice on how to get rid of the "zits", like scrubbing the face nightly with scouring powder. That simply makes the face raw. Adults advise that it will all go away in a few years. Meanwhile, the ride goes on behind the mask of smelly medicated makeup.

 

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