Support system, 2018 by Madeline Bishop

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Artist's statement

Intimacy is often thought of in romantic or familial contexts. This triptych comes from a series considering the relationships that define us outside of these structures. Friendships are distinct from family relationships because there is an assumption that you are choosing one another. Despite this, time has a way of tangling and binding people. In romantic and familial relationships there are often implied or explicit ‘rules’ and expectations. Such clear obligations are harder to find in our friendships. What do we owe each other? And how far are we permitted to burrow into one another’s lives?