This sculpture was created in response to the Community Art Education (HDip) course I completed in 2010 at The National College of Art and Design, Dublin.
The female torso represents the visual display occupation I was involved with at the time and the constant contemplation of being on view in the public domain. It also represents humanity and what it means to be a person in today’s society.
The skin of the mannequin is made up of paper clippings that were current when the piece was made. They represented what was happening with me as an individual and what was happening in the world. The piece has been sprayed white, as much of what happens around the globe does not necessarily affect the individual directly. Outside influences can also be simmering below the surface. Living in a nation where certain subjects are taboo no one really knows what’s happening emotionally to an individual.
The ribbon and pins tethered to the ceiling tile indicate being tied down by the heartstrings. Perhaps within the context of community art, creating art or a difficult time within the personal life.
The spinal column has little windows cut out and filled with miniature items usually used to furnish dolls houses. I was using the items as subjective symbols that reflect the scenarios that arise within the community art education sphere e.g. Window with toy train behind: What happens behind a closed window? The paint brush and palette: The creative development of others and the artist involved