St. Mary's Projects in Studio Art:

Gretshelle Rivera / SMP 2014

The Little Pumpkin Hen: Cartoons Can Talk About Hardship

I create picture stories that are framed within the make believe. However, the roots of these stories I tell are personal, relating to my own experiences growing up. They are my way of reflecting on and working out many of the social challenges I faced as a child. I know first hand how it feels to be treated as a social outcast and bullied by others. I create my stories as a way to address and resolve my own negative experiences of growing up. The characters within these narratives become my tools for self-reconstruction. Cartoons and stories are my way of coming to terms with my own painful experiences. But I also create them for anyone else who is suffering the same sort of hurt.