Fragile

by Chantal

Fragile, 2009

Fragile, 2009

Fragile, 2009

Fragile, 2009

Fragile (detail), 2009

Fragile (detail), 2009

 

Fragile, 2009

Fragile, 2009

Latest box – Glass, ink (bird designs from pigeon photos I took a while back), dried leaves and grass stalks, feathers, hand painted replica linnet eggs.

I have it in mind to use the piece as part of a larger narrative in a  collaboration (more on that some other time) based on the story “The Ebony Tower” by John Fowles. The piece draws associations with the story in that they both consider the fragility and value of beauty, and a life not fully realised.  I like the concept of a glass box – a place from which you have an illusion of freedom but are actually restricted. In the story the young painter comes to realise that the way he lived was compromised, he had “settled for the safe” and safety hid nothingness.

If the piece was used in the context of that narrative I would like it displayed in darkness (see bottom pic) with light casting the shadows of the exterior birds into the box.