Rachel Tynan

Art, Textiles & Education

Cut Throat


‘Cut Throat’ explores the fragility of the human condition when confronted by illness. The analogy of the freedom of a bird, specifically the Cut Throat Finch, acts as the axis for the investigation of physical, psychological, and emotional effects. The physical limitations on this freedom – through clipping of wings or the training of the homing pigeon – demonstrate the restrictions imposed by illness where freedom is challenged.

A central theme of the work is the use of collaborative inquiry as a means of expanding the creative process, through dialogue and consultation with focus groups. This proposal is not primarily about creating finished works, but pedagogical in nature, seeking to engage and to inform a variety of audiences, and to attempt to give a fuller understanding of living with a long-term illness.

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