Untitled 3 (Jo Walters)

Untitled 3 (Jo Walters)

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2020
250mm height x 120mm width x 50mm depth
The claustrophobic nature of lockdown — long days shut inside, as the initial weeks descended into the dark months of a deep winter — took on metaphorical significance, as physical health became inseparable from mental health. In this pivotal place, I discovered an opportunity to allow the immaterial thoughts of the interior mind to become associated with the material body, in contradiction to Cartesian dualism. This reconciliation of the inside self and the outside self, became possible while immersed in fresh air and with the metronomic left, right of putting one foot ahead of the other. As when the sleeping mind dreams, eyes shifting left and right in rapid movement, this action allowed for the processing of fears and trauma, mind and body achieving integration. The motif of a cameo has been chosen for its association with the Victorian lady who is sequestered indoors on her assumed frailty, and for its folklore origin as an amulet that attracts good health. The contemporary rendering of the cameo in a plaster-like clay, easily sculpted, suggests the agency inherent in impermanent states, while the 3-D concept speaks to the potential for change and experiencing new environs, those inner and outer.

(Please note, this work is currently on exhibition and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until the close of the exhibition. Please check the Belco Arts website for dates.)