No Borders Yorkshire Sculpture Park image credit Paul Scott Merrylees
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No Borders is now on exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, as part of OPENAIR2019, commissioned by YSP curator Sarah Coulson.
No Borders is an 8 metre x 9 metre neon text piece which explores the politics of place, physical boundaries, and personal freedoms.
The quotation “No borders, just horizons, only freedom“ is borrowed from Amelia Earhart, the American pioneer aviator, feminist icon, and explorer. She was one of only ten women to hold a pilots licence in 1932, and was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. Her quote resonates as part of the #MeToo generation of women’s voices and can be read as a statement of intent regarding physical borders, personal boundaries, creative ambitions and freedom of movement.
The artwork can also be read through a contemporary political lens referencing the implications posed by BREXIT regarding the Irish border; the ongoing debate in Scotland over Scottish independence and the many current border conflicts over contested land across the globe.
No Borders acts in lieu of a protest placard for many who live under threats to freedom of movement, thought and creativity posed by those holding positions of power.
No Borders was initially commissioned in 2017 for The Messenger, a solo exhibition of five outdoor artworks which explored the politics of place at Borders Sculpture Park at Mellerstain House, near Berwick on Tweed.
A limited edition print of No Borders has recently been acquired by The Government Art Collection.