The Fragile Boundaries Collection
"My Master’s collection explores the freedom within the constraints imposed upon us. I have studied the dialectic between the innate human urge for freedom versus reactions to confinement caused by constraints imposed on women by situational forces. I have drawn upon commonalities of expression of women committed to old-fashioned institutional care, the defiance of the female characters in Ingemar Bergman’s 60s Trilogy, and frustrations felt by many women in contemporary society. I am fascinated by the response of strong women who, faced with structures, authority or tradition that cannot currently overpowered, remain defiant, determined not to have their will curbed, preserving strength to eventually break free of these constraints.
In modern abstract art I find resonance for these ideas in the work of Royal College of Art Alumni and sculptor Richard Deacon. He frequently uses sections of hard materials held together by screws and rivets to create organically rounded, undulating, but still rigid frames defining boundaries around open spaces. In this context I interpret these frames as a set of restrictions imposed on us defining our freedom to manoeuvre as the open space within their perimeters. Deacon’s boundaries are, however static, fragile in that they are often quite thin and consist of many small parts mechanically held together like links in a chain. I have incorporated sections of disintegrated frames in my collection to symbolise that a strong woman has the power to break her confines but will nevertheless still be faced with part restrictions she has to learn to cope with in current society."