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Beyond the Boundaries

This exhibition zine showcases the diverse and exciting work created by the MA Fine Art artists at UCA Farnham. In a time of uncertainty and under radical constraints, we have found new ways to communicate and manifest our diverse practices. Exploring the newly emerging social and cultural energies, the work seeks ways of transcending conventions, the limitations of ideologies and restrictive belief systems.

This exhibition zine showcases the diverse and exciting work created by the MA Fine Art artists at UCA Farnham. In a time of uncertainty and under radical constraints, we have found new ways to communicate and manifest our diverse practices. Exploring the newly emerging social and cultural energies, the work seeks ways of transcending conventions, the limitations of ideologies and restrictive belief systems.

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The thin skin of <strong>the</strong> wea<strong>the</strong>r balloon bulges<br />

through its rigid steel restraints. It feels<br />

imprisoned; impotent against an immovable<br />

structure. The skin is filled with air. Air: our life<br />

force that has been immobilised, incarcerated,<br />

behind arbitrary walls. Now <strong>the</strong> air’s lifeforce<br />

is weakened, exhausted, and frustrated.<br />

The iron lung was traditionally used to treat<br />

patients unable to brea<strong>the</strong> for <strong>the</strong>mselves, often<br />

due to diseases such as polio. It had<br />

been abandoned in favour of more modern<br />

breathing apparatuses, however, since <strong>the</strong><br />

rise of covid-19, <strong>the</strong>re has been a renewed<br />

interest in <strong>the</strong> concept of <strong>the</strong> iron lung, which<br />

assists breathing through a negative pressure<br />

system. In order to receive <strong>the</strong> treatment, a<br />

patient is imprisoned in an iron cylinder for<br />

approximately two weeks, until recovery or death.<br />

In parallels with <strong>the</strong> current government advice<br />

surrounding covid, we can become trapped; our<br />

personal liberty is sacrificed for <strong>the</strong> greater good.<br />

Iron Lung<br />

Rups Cregeen<br />

31/8

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