Wicked Thicket

sculpture and artist book
2015
medium: acrylic and linen thread

Closed: 20 in. x 6 in. x 3 in.
Open: 20 in. x 13 in. x 15 in.

We chose our physical and emotional hiding places not only for the comfort they provide but for their safety features – aka their defense mechanisms. These shelters are both havens that keep outsiders at bay and prisons that prevent us from exploring the world. Wicked Thicket reflects on the duality of such retreats, both terrible and amazing. Though escape and refuge are essential when under duress, they are rarely sustainable for the long haul. At what point does a place of peace become a wicked thicket that keeps us from facing our fears?

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