April Young 'From Among the Ashes' paper clay and wire 28x44cm
‘From Among the Ashes,’ is about freeing ourselves from expectations and the conscious process of self-development. It incorporates the following quotes: "I am no bird, and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will" by Charlotte Brontë and "No one loses anyone because no one owns anyone. That is the true experience of freedom: having the most important thing in the world without owning it" by Paulo Coelho. Surface motifs include guns, which allude to the purging of old demons, butterflies which represent regeneration, and sunglasses—a nod to shading ourselves from a hopefully bright future.