Curious Childhoods The Birthday Party by Vee Spears is a photograph series of unsettling portraits of children. Capturing a duplicity which children posses, both brutal and defenceless in nature. As a whole it attempts to deny the wide belief that a persons childhood is the happiest time of their lives. For children playing adult-roles, It pushes their dress-up’s and role-playing to a artistic extreme. Children are so unpredictable and unburdened by social expectations, play with and embrace the grotesque and morbid. They sense for them to dress up is confronting for those who believe this.
The idea which brang about this breathtaking, crisp series came about by a dress up party her daughter attended. Children aged 8-10 are socially expected to attend dress up and costume party’s. Innocently Girls usually choosing princesses and dancers and Boys with spacemen and cowboys. Others seem to be darker, with their dark-sides showing as rodent exterminator’s and scowling torturers of barbie-dolls. The series takes on the tone from this as one of Twilight Zone and dark dreams, hidden truth’s, and innocent beauty.
A twisted series of Revelations, an unsettling mixture of bizarre and surreal. Vee Spears the creator if these piece’s, is an Australian-born Photographer living in Paris. She had studied at the Queensland college of art, going on to have exhibited her work at galleries all over the world. Having her work also exhibited in publications such as The Sydney Times, Harpers & Queen, Esquire, GQ and Palace Magazines. German Magazine Art-investor and Eyemazing Magazine exhibited her widely and refer to her as one to watch.
Published her first book known as Bordello during 2004 and which was the branching work to The Birthday Party. She continues her series from Bordello, using the appearance of trickery to affect the audience. Trickery such as masks, costumes and supernatural themes. The series is very similar to the Bordello series, they seem to be suspended in time. Its simplicity of brilliant casting, simple backgrounds, costumes and hair-styles or another era only containing minimal colour affects added to these old style polaroid prints.
This simplicity keeps an interest in the artwork, with the audience attempting to understand each piece. In Exhibition the photographs are life-size, large and bright images placed on the wall. The most popular of these pieces are a Nurse and Soldier like two of the favourite childhood games, but also a dark angel and a dead rabbit. The Birthday Party is a fantastical series which was executed with great simplicity and imagination.