box within a box within a box entangled with wire shows that the truth
is often not obvious. It may take work to get to. This could be the
truth about us or about other people. Initially we can only see so
much of a person. What is it that tempts us to want to know more?
The face depicted in the box could be someone looking out as us or
it could be a reflection of ourselves. The plants made of wire are
bare which alludes to winter, coldness, and death. These plants represent
restricted growth. They are moving forward while at the same time
being bound by that which they are made of. Even if the restrictions
we place on ourselves are protective measures used to prevent us from
getting hurt, at times these restrictions also prevent personal growth.
The box structure is a source of containment as well. It is safe but
it can also start to act as a constraint. Both wood and boxes are
feminine symbols meant to nurture and protect. Then there is the myth
of Pandora's box, which eludes to the significance of the unconscious,
paying particular attention to the excessive, destructive, and unanticipated
potentials. The house in the lower part of the box is meant to represent
the human body and soul. The box structure that has been created can
also be viewed as a home. The body acts as a container where we store
our experiences, thoughts, and troubles. The home is viewed as a safe
place to go, the body a private space, and the box a sturdy structure.
Containment is needed at times, but too much of an inward view and
our lives will cease to go on. Just as we grow and eventually leave
the safety of our homes for a new life, so must we over time break
free from our personal constraints and continue on to new experiences.