The rest of the imagery is drawn from symbolic patterns that have appeared in photos that I've taken over the last couple of years. I'm fascinated by the design of chain-link fencing, which here morphs into sections of hair, braids, and netting; masking and enclosing sections of the work. The stencil-like markings at the bottom of the piece are from a picture I took at an old amusement park on the coast. The exaggerated oval shapes reminded me of "vagina dentata" (Latin for toothed vagina) which appear across several cultures as cautionary tales, warning of the risks of sex with strange women and discouraging rape.
In “Eden,” as in much of my work, I present an image of conventional domesticity and then subvert it in order to disrupt traditional relationship clichés.