Recreate Your Values.

The John Byrne Award is a library of creative work from 16-25 year olds across Scotland. Find out how to enter

Chained

Chained

Chained

Erin Wilson

My chosen value is inner harmony. I wanted to create an image that showed physical restriction to convey our mental restriction inflicted by society, and I used acrylic paint in order to illustrate a sharp image of this issue. The use of chains may appear that one is shackled or imprisoned, however the meaning is not as literal. It expresses the idea that we are mental prisoners of society as we force ourselves to meet unrealistic expectations on a social level - like the idea of being "perfect". We strive to impress others rather than to please ourselves as we fear rejection and isolation. Although we have free will, because of these implications we can't fully explore its potential. Particularly in the younger generation, we often struggle between choosing what is truly best for ourselves and what is best for our reputation; or we take more prestigious paths in education rather than creative because we fear it will seem demeaning. The image is daunting because it is not how we, as humans, should live - chained. Instead we should be at peace with ourselves.

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Well done to Erin Wilson who wins September's Highlight of the Month and £100 for her painting and accompanying description.

Power

Power

Self-Destructing Society

Self-Destructing Society