|Steel, Straight Pins
|68th Area Artists Annual, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH (juried) - 2004|
Spacelab, SPACES Gallery, Cleveland, OH (juried) - 2004
You Are Ugly, Sculpture Gallery, Kent State University, Kent, OH (solo) - 2003
Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater is about personal worth, freedom, and the resilience and strength of the human spirit. Although some may try, it is impossible to capture, contain, control another human being without consent. Therefore, this piece speaks to the danger of allowing oneself to be imprisoned – even if the captivity is extremely luxurious and the jail is entered into with the best of intentions. A beautiful jail is a jail nonetheless. Beautiful furnishings are barbed and will cause pain if personal freedom is denied. So, Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater addresses the issue of personal choice. We are free to leave the jail, by squeezing through the bars or climbing up the ladder or simply refusing to participate. Choosing to stay in a place where freedom is sacrificed is a choice. Sometimes, it is just very difficult to realize you are in jail.
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