Tell us about the evolution of your concept through this creative development process.
Responding to the prompt “What does the future look like in your region” at a time when we were still emerging from the COVID 19 crisis, my mind was very much on the impacts this had on the people of my region. One impact in particular, drew my attention.
There had been a significant increase in the reporting of domestic and family violence. Whilst I enjoyed the time at home in my studio during lockdowns and beyond, I became increasingly aware that there were so many for whom home was not a safe place.
Domestic and family violence is not new but the more I delved into it, the more I discovered how insidious and destructive it is for individuals, families, communities, and regions. A future without family and domestic violence will allow individuals the opportunities to prosper; and in turn add to the prosperity of the communities in our regions. It was vital to my artistic response that I develop a broad and deep understanding of family and domestic violence.