Within the Confined Wall

Kathy Herioux's avatar Kathy Herioux

“Within the Confined Wall” Optical Illusion by Kathy Herioux From the time we are born, we are confined to the proverbial box of expectations and limitations; culturally, socially, and personally. Our experiences and perceptions constantly change and shape us into unique individuals while we remain boxed into conformity, walled in. America prides itself with being the “Land of the Free.” Globally, we are perceived as the "Freest" nation; yet in reality, we are the most confined. Confined by fear, illness, disease, politics, economic status, sexuality, racial inequality, religion, social norms, and so much more. Each tile in this mural is an individual representation of such things: created by and from the perspective of a child, man, woman, or group of people; randomly laid out and manipulated, much like our individual lives, forming an illusion. We can either remain confined or choose to break free. Where do you see yourself? Are you “Free?” This mural consists of 351 4 ¼” x 4 ¼” ceramic tiles. This piece took approximately a year to complete. While working on this piece, a young man helped design some tiles from his hospital bed. He was battling Childhood Cancer; Leukemia, since he was approximately 10 months old. Wise beyond his 9 years of life, he said to me… “We are only as free as we allow ourselves to be.” ~Warrior Ian O’Hara, Rest in Peace.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 2 foot
  • Medium: ceramic tile, alcohol-ink art
  • Width: 12 feet
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 7 feet