AboutPaul Chiappe's latest series of drawings focuses on the dark moment of adolescence when our bodies betray us, erupting in spots and giddy, unspeakable desires. Kindly parental myths of Tooth Fairies and Santa, learnt in early childhood, can no longer bind us to the happy illusion that the universe centres upon us. He captures this moment in a sequence of images based on a single, found photograph of what appears to be a class portrait.
It is important to note that, despite being based on the same photograph, Chiappe's new drawings each feature a different number of figures. Children vanish inexplicably from one image to the next. A bright flash throws a harsh shadow onto the wall (hinting, perhaps, at Weegee's nocturnal crime scenes). These haphazard disappearances may also operate as a metaphor for the uncertainty of adolescence itself. Does anyone notice you exist; and would they notice if you disappeared?