Jennifer Chivers

Jennifer Chivers

There, there, don’t look like a scared little dove.

The whole thing is just sheer imagination 2012-2013

Oil and acrylic on canvas,metal bird cage, taxidermy bird wings

POA

http://www.jenniferchivers.com

Plymouth University, BA (Hons) Fine Art

The imagery presented in this work explores domestic abuse and the way in which a person can be controlled and restrained by another. Domestic abuse is a very painful reality for many and I chose to explore the subject of art therapy as healing, through processing my own experience. The use of birds to reflect this subject was a way of distancing myself enough that the piece was not extremely personal and unapproachable but a figurative reflection of a dominant creature, represented by the overlooking bird of prey, taking advantage of and confining something weaker or more vulnerable. The cage represents a relationship and the bodiless winged ‘puppet’ one who is controlled and confined. The title comes from Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House which was a partial inspiration for the piece. I wanted there to be a theatrical element so that there was a chance for the viewer to interact and play with the puppet, to reflect the use of a person as a toy. Creating work towards this piece has been helpful in discovering unconscious feelings and emotions. This has enabled me to address them in a positive and healing way that therefore demonstrates the validity of art therapy as healing.

JenniferChivers

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