Nerida Bradley

My entry is called 'Verbatim' as it reflects how people who are alienated from society are represented by other people's opinions. None of the other figures are looking directly at the victimised person in the middle- this reflects the point that most of the time alienation is not caused intentionally by people; it is usually caused by those who are focussed on their own situation. I used the colourful collage of the sides to reflect the point that there is not a lack of resources in Britain- there is always a lot going on but people in isolation feel unable to access them. 

Alienation as a process can be caused both deliberately and subconsciously. Throughout school we are constantly reassured by our parents that 'kids are cruel' because they have no concept of censorship or recognising unfairness in their descriptions of people. Within daily conversation I really began to listen and in horror I discovered that my speech was littered with broad generalizations about people who I barely knew and it occurred to me that this process of alienation is so easy to cause. We think of it as our right to speak our mind, overlooking how those people who we tend to marginalise are unable to speak theirs. Radical shifts in perception and inclusion of alienated groups in society cannot be expected to occur if those members of the public who are not isolated do not make the first move of acceptance and care in our daily speech.


VisualJohn Byrne Award