There’s always a worry when an artist, especially a comedian, has kids. Will he/she still be able to have a cutting edge and be a parent at the same time. Many people sacrifice for their children; for some, that means altering their own personalities to become more child-friendly.
In Precaution I delve into the darker thoughts that usually remain, even if unspoken, when children are present. Thoughts of death, sexuality, aggression and resentment are kept at bay, at least around polite company. But these thoughts are necessary for my being a “good” parent; in order to provide a holistically protective and nurturing environment for my kids to grow, I have to explore all aspects of my psyche, no matter how unpleasant. To do so, I have mapped out some of my innermost thoughts, fears and fantasies onto their annual school pictures. That they are only photographs provides some relief from the taboo gestures. But the images gain more authority when desecrated. At the same time, I need to be able to manifest my thoughts and even make them known in order to be a full person and a full parent, at least by my definition.