Escapology was an installation in a disused shop front, which had been taken over by SouthCentral, an innovative arts organisation in Bath. These are cardboard cut-out figures, each about 15cm tall, taken from images of Holly acting out various parts, and playing with scale and narrative.
The black “rat” figures are creeping from left to right across the whole shop front, and are escaping through the window at the bottom right corner, as if to come into our world and challenge our perceptions. The white figures, (dressed in fencing attire,) are holding a deer’s skull and moving from right to left, and end their narrative with a surrender – or possibly an “escape” into acceptance, and therefore into the possibility of a faith that life can be different.
Both sets of figures are essentially concerned with a similar dilemma, and are inhabiting the same space, but seem to be either oblivious to or ignoring each other. These could either be people who could potentially relate if they weren’t blocking each other out, or they could also be two aspects of the same person, struggling against themselves.