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Jessica Maloney
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artist statement
The 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.