Thinking Outside the box

For the this yearâs Quay Arts Open Exhibition competition I have interpreted the theme of âFreedomâ as freedom of thought.

Through the pandemic and lockdown, I was amazed by the imagination and innovation of people to come up with solutions to not being able to do things normally.
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Thinking outside the box was happening: virtual business meetings, quizzes, PE lessons, art groups, family celebrations, concerts on balconies, pubs and restaurants switching to provide takeaway meals, the list is endless.
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It also included the Quay Arts Centreâs own exhibition of 10 x 10 cm portraits last year called âBreakoutâ as a response to the lockdown. I have incorporated both of these themes in my responses. ÂThis first piece âThinking Outside the Boxâ is an installation of 2 boxes, one depicting being locked in and locked down - and the second box flying free, having broken out from the first. The second box is also a mini gallery of my âBreakoutâ portrait and portraits of my children. These family portraits extended on from my initial Lino cut self-portrait idea. Â