These installation boxes contain within them painted layered scenes, that show fairy tale maidens being transformed into women. Rapunzel has her braids untied by the prince, Little Red Riding Hood has been devoured by the wolf and is residing in his stomach and the Swan Maiden has her feathered coat taken away from her by a lurker in the bushes. As we know from the stories, Rapunzel and the Swan Maiden end up marrying and bearing the brood of their men, and Little Red Riding Hood is cut free by the woodcutter, symbolising her re-emergence as a woman, from the child who was swallowed by the wolf.
The boxes themselves are metaphorical cocoons, housing the transformations. The maidens in turn have their own cocoons of hair, feathers and fur. The viewer can peer through the holes to see the scenes within, adding an element of voyeurism to the experience.
These boxes were part of the Once Upon Again exhibition, 27th Feb-9th Mar 2013 at the Milkwood Gallery, Cardiff.