12″ x 12″ x 1″
plexiglass, iron, anchor bolts, limited edition photo print, resin, epoxy, acrylic, digital collage
Every free spirit is familiar with the phrase “don’t fence me in.” I created this piece as a reminder that fences, like borders, are often fictions – all one needs to do is look beyond the cracks for a world beyond the bars that promise imprisonment, and hope becomes once more possible. In short, nothing can fence me in.
I took the original photograph for this piece in New Orleans’ French Quarter, peeking in between the narrow alleyways full of hidden secrets and no-go zones to catch glimpses of gardens and fairy lights strung up in the private spaces of domestic sanctuary. I manipulated the original image in digital collage, mirroring the fence posts to create a seamless flow in diagonal rusted diamonds that capture the viewer’s eye, and move the gaze along the tops of the fence posts…into the translucent clarity of the glass “enclosure” that will never quite close one off from the wider world.
As with all my work, this sculptures are as much about the movement of light and shadow through these pieces as it is about the original photographs and collages themselves. Images here reflect the many angles through which light hits the hardened resin and the variety of shadows cast – an intentional reminder that our perspective is everything.