Therapy

Freya, Age 18

  • Sculpture
  • Glazed ceramic
  • 500(w) 200(h) 200(d) mm

I was originally inspired by Caravaggio's angst-ridden painting 'Medusa' (1595-1598). When I visited the 'Bethlem Museum of the Mind', I appreciated the ongoing importance of representing mental health issues through art. In my clay head I have explored the idea that the snake has a duality of symbolic meaning; both threatening and healing. The snake which comes out of its mouth represents both the pain and comfort of talking therapies.

Currently on free display at the RA