I deliberated whether to call this piece “Cooperation” or “Social structure”. It’s a reflection on the hierarchical structure of our society. The walls represent rigid restrictions on life such as poverty, education, environment, laws/behavioural values. I also think one side represents basic needs and the other aspirations. The circles are individuals within that society, each one different and unique, working to create a bridge between the two sides. The larger circle represents those of privilege – who are able to cross over with ease. To meet their aspirations, supported by those who have to work hard to succeed. The lower down in the chasm, the harder it is for an individual to attain their goals in life, but nobody will get there without the support of others. Some of the circles are damaged by the process – indicating where they have been trodden on by people higher up. Others remain intact and strong. All are necessary to overall success. I deliberately chose a circular pattern for the Privileged person as they often seem self contained, arrogant, as if they have a right to be who they are. The breaks are to show that no matter how perfect the surface may appear, deep down there are usually cracks.
Finally, the green is the social network that binds us together. We are intimately connected but the degree of that intimacy fluctuates between individuals.
So, how well does this metaphor work?