Craig Waddell

The dunce – I will learn the rules before I speak

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If an artist can’t make fun of himself, who can he make fun of?

The dunce – I will learn the rules before I speak is part of an ongoing body of sculptures and ink drawings depicting flights of fantasy that blur the lines between traditional and non-traditional art methods. This possible self-portrait has its origins in a series of ink drawings made after Goya’s Los caprichos print series.

I had these images hanging around in the studio for two years and decided to convert them into three-dimensional forms, to make a new body of work. In history, wearing the dunce hat was a punishment by public humiliation for misbehavior and, as the name implies, stupidity

Craig Waddell, 2012