The Island - Exploring the unconscious - The interplay between the conscious and unconscious self

The Island, is a piece of artwork exploring the interplay between the conscious and the unconscious. The visual piece accompanied a written piece of poetry citing Virginia Woolf in 'To The Lighthouse'. Woolf's close observations of the undercurrents within a social setting is the starting point of this work, 'desperately rising to the surface for air'. This, combined with the mythic fairytales such as 'Rapunzel' and Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem 'The Lady of Shalott', were used to as initial inspiration to explore the universal sense of feeling trapped by one's own circumstances, and the emptiness of work never seen and life unfulfilled. The very female activity of weaving is suggestive of the activity of hum drum housework as well as the creation of a spider web, spider dreams may well be a powerful symbolism for female creativity.


The Island - exploring the unconscious