My proposed sculpture is a Queen Anne style winged armchair that has lost its balance and slipped from the tightrope, yet is managing to hang on. I have chosen to use this traditional style of chair as it represents to me a certain sense of Britishness, establishment and patriarchy. I have used a tightrope as it a platform for spectacle and wonder but also has the potential to be the scene of failure. The tightrope walker, or funambulist, is viewed by the audience with anticipation: will they be successful or not?
What you encounter when you view this sculpture is evidence of an unsuccessful attempt. But the chair holds on, refusing to fall to its fate; or perhaps it’s desperately clinging on, waiting to be rescued?