Breaking Through the Barriers of Confinement
This work explores the barriers which result in enclosure and confinement, and the effect of reduced freedoms on creativity. Symbols of constraint, and properties of textiles and stitch, are used to express a narrative about the release of creative potential from a situation of confinement.
Boundaries and barriers present a series of physical features such as edges and lines, shapes and spatial connections. As concepts they represent division, separation and isolation, contrasts and enclosure.
The notion of people who are deprived of their liberty finding the activity of stitching a positive experience inspired the work; the challenges of limited freedom and opportunities to be creative are applicable to many who may in different ways be confined.
Coping by creating includes a transformative aspect which involves an element of marking time and can lead to disintegration of the metaphorical barrier.