Mind Caging

The sculpture shows a human figure hanging in a cage of his own thoughts.

The intense colours are those of the images of a thermal camera: cold is blue; the more energy is used, the redder the images become. The figure clearly wants ‘to move forward’. The pedestal is custom made and follows the forward movement, which is hampered by the large vertical board.

More than one interpretation is possible here. One is that man can be stuck in his own mind or can be (too) strongly attached to something. Even severe effort does not allow him to move on. The suggestion is that the buddhist approach of ‘let go’ can be liberating.

Another interpretation, quite the opposite, is this one: strongly focusing on something, ‘fixating oneself’ as it were, can help us progress.