Putting a creative person into a metaphorical box ‘pigeon-holes’ and diminishes them by restricting our view of their capabilities. Getting them to climb into a physical box though can be quite revealing.
The idea grew from an exploration of ‘performance’ and how people take on a different persona when they present themselves to an audience whether that be on stage, in a meeting, a classroom or whatever. For some, being invited to climb into the unfamiliar environment of a large box and strike a pose brought out a surprising playfulness. For others it became a meditative space. The shadows, that the figures emerge from, create a tension that suggests there may be much more to the person than we initially see. Some of the sitters could not be contained and begin to break out of the frame.