For the past several years, David Walters has relied heavily on the archetypal imagery of fairy tales and nursery rhymes as a vehicle to explore his ideas. His favorite stories have a dark and cautionary tone: they were meant as tools to inform behavior and demonstrate some lesson on morality and the consequence of our actions.
Walters recently began to include symbols from contemporary culture and allusions to current events in his work, with the intention of conveying the cost of modern convenience to our environment and our relationships. “The challenges and struggles of our lives today are much the same as they were in the Grimm’s brother’s time,” says Walters. “What has changed is our relationship to life’s difficulties. By buying into our society’s advertisements for an easy life, free of worry and protected from despair with insurances against the unknown, we’ve increasingly insulated ourselves from actual living.”