Prison and Plinth - 2012
Prison and Plinth explores the relationship between city dwellers and the man-made environment in which they find themselves. For Farndon the relationship is tenuous and contradictory. While always threatening to imprison and immobilize, this consumer-driven contemporary culture also offers its inhabitants a myriad of opportunities for ‘freedom’ of self expression. The same culture that seems to elevate us will inevitably trap us.
The title of this collection refers to her recent works in a literal sense, as her busts are cemented right into their plinths. Are the plinths symbols of the city life and culture that one is imprisoned by, or are they props used to display the creative self-expression of the characters?