Fred Fleisher: Golden Child #3

  • ©2004, Fred Fleisher, Golden Child #3



Golden Child #3


SIGGRAPH 2004: Synaesthesia

Creation Year:



Digital print


30 inches x 40 inches


2D & Wall-Hung

Artist Statement:

I was born in a small steel town in Pennsylvania. At 17, I enlisted in the US Army and became an Airborne Ranger. I often feel that part of my youth and innocence was lost at that moment. While the decision to leave was mine to make, I was completely unaware of the ramifications. By using old photographs, toys, and found objects, I’m able to reclaim, or even re-define, that lost innocence. I manifest my ideas in a variety of ways, including photography and digital manipulation, installation, sculpture, drawing, and video. Current work includes the Golden Child series, where I’m re-writing my own personal history to create a mythological aura around the child I once was , and photographing combinations of toys and found objects that create a familiar, yet uncanny moment.

Technical Information:

By scanning old photos and using Photoshop, I replace the backgrounds with punched-up, saintly, religious art colors. I also add a quasi-halo in certain places. By using these techniques, I’m able to create the myth of the Golden Child. This project is ongoing, and video will be included in future work.