No Borders, in the Formal Garden at Yorkshire Sculpture Park image credit Paul Scott Merrylees
No Borders at Mellerstain House on The Scottish Borders, Photo credit Sean McCrossan
No Borders at Mellerstain House
No Borders Yorkshire Sculpture Park
No Borders at Alnoba USA
Fabrication at Lite Brite New York for install at Alnoba USA
No Borders wall mounted edition
Canvas printed shopper
No Borders is an 8 metre x 9 metre neon text piece which explores the politics of place, physical boundaries, and personal freedoms. No Borders is currently on long term exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, as part of OPENAIR, commissioned by YSP curator Sarah Coulson Yorkshire Sculpture Park. No Borders was originally 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 Borders Sculpture Park Mellerstain House
A second edition has recently been acquired for the collection by Alnoba Sculpture Park, New Hampshire, USA and is on permenant display in the Art Park.
The quotation “NO BORDERS NO 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 in the polictics of today and can 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, including President Trumps USA border wall.
It can also be read as part of the #MeToo generation of women’s voices as a statement of intent regarding physical borders, personal boundaries, creative ambitions and freedom of movement.
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.
A limited edition print of No Borders is available and has recently been acquired by The Government Art Collection and a wall based neon is also available. Enquiries and editions from Division of Labour Gallery