Standing Alone


Enhancing the idea of fragility in my work, the pages and cutouts are going to be free standing. The pages will be strengthened by a thin frame of balsa wood, which I bought from a model shop in Bristol.

The cutouts from the book pages should be small enough not to need the balsa wood. Many of the cutouts are of children, and allowing these the freedom to stand alone is quite scary. Parents become extremely worried about what could happen to their children if they allow them more freedom. For adults, it is working out how much freedom a child should have, while at the same time shielding them from things too "grown up" for them, allowing them to keep their childhood innocence for a bit longer.



Removing the child from the page.
It suggests emptiness and loss.
Simply a trace of what should be there. An innocent childhood is becoming, to an extent, distant.