“Stop” is comprised of Himalayan blackberry canes and steel wire. I chose to work with blackberry for the aggressive and invasive qualities of the plant. The steel wire was selected for its malleability and cool, contrasting colour. The piece is a play on power dynamics. Each cane is bent nearly to its breaking point, yet contains an enormous amount of stored potential energy, representing a latent threat. The wire is both the mechanism that binds the blackberry, as well as what makes it so dangerous.

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