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Thomas C. Jackson - Child's Play








When one thinks about what appeals to Americans today in movies, politics, celebrities, food, etc., people seem to want to be attracted to - and repelled by images simultaneously. Jackson's sometimes voyeuristic, split-narrative compositions reflect America's channel-changing attention span and state of mind. These compositions combine two images into a single artwork. Jackson wants the viewer to look for connections between images, inciting a search of their own past to construct a narrative linking these images. Child's Play exists at the intersection of the naïve spontaneity of childhood and the deliberate control of adults. It is here that instinct meets experience. Jackson provokes thought and discussion of social issues in these collisions of viewpoints. Jackson has multiple images in the current issue of OYEZ, a literary journal produced by Roosevelt University, Chicago.