Wednesday, September 22, 2010

09.23.10 : Idea Entry : Cage

Definition :
1. a boxlike enclosure having wires, bars, or the like, for confining and displaying birds or animals.
2. anything that confines or imprisons; prison.
3. something resembling a cage in structure, as for a cashier or bank teller.

A cage is an enclosure made of mesh, bars or wires, used to confine, contain or protect something or someone. A cage is traditionally use to confine animals as pets, as meat, or in zoos. The original intention of a cage is to create a boundary to enclose a target. However, a cage has a positive intent for protection. Cages consist if many forms and material qualities that can give them a more positive and/or negative appearance.

Over The Rainbow, 2009
Younseal Eum

"Even though cages are the most popular symbol for boundary, limitation and isolation the most curious aspect of cages is the action of enclosing with a positive intent and for protection. "

Eum, Younseal. "Duality of a Cage." VCU Digital Archives. 13 May 2010. Web. 23 Sept 2010.

Photographed by Li Feng in China

Over the past week I have been cataloging animals and when I went to the zoo I became frustrated with the cages. I began focusing on the cages instead of the animals inside of them. Over the next week or so I want to learn more about cages, the different types, sizes, shapes, and artist who use them.

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