A pink balloon connotes happiness and freedom. This piece represents holding of something that needs to be let go.
The series examines how one emotion, shared by many, can be embodied and revealed in a multitude of ways. Whether it be time, location, age, environment or previous experiences, can one really share the exact feeling of another? Hence we must allow for differences because they are inherent in who we are and how we have become to be.
The balloon came about because I wanted to express what the burdens of confinement and labeling do to us as individuals and subsequently to our society. The toxicity of narrow mindedness further constricts our ability to be who we truly are.
What lies outside of us are the decades of family, societal and historic norms telling us who we should be. We spend lifetimes and generations peeling back the layers. If we are brave, strong and persistent we can open and love what we find in ourselves and allow that freedom in others.