kendal murray


New England Regional Art Museum 13/05/2022

The artwork 'Extend, Befriend, Defend' looks at the significant relationship between childhood play in nature, children's wellbeing, and the cultivation of their environmental identity. A child's relationship with the environment begins with the experience of 'place'. Children make connections with the sensory-stimulating forms and structures of the natural world and respond to them physically and imaginatively through exploration and play, giving them personal meanings and interpretations. When positive environmental experiences are shared and valued with significant people in their lives, childhood memories of pleasurable and fascinating interactions with natural places build a child's environmental identity and will impact how they experience and value the environment into adulthood.