The figures are trapped within their surrounds, trying to stand up straight but unable to attain the easy physicality they had before. With chronic pain your life becomes that inside the tight confines of your comfort zone - your box - you watch others living life but feel increasingly separated and alone. Chronic pain being an invisible illness for the most part makes it almost impossible for others to understand what you are going through and no matter what you try there's no guarantee of improvement.
For me I thought this theme perfectly illustrated the road less travelled, as after all what is less travelled then the path it seems you walk alone.
'Confinement' was made using stiffened purple felt, coloured magenta in parts with Prismacolor pencils and heavily thread sketched using up to a 9mm zig zag for the figure. The background was stitched with free motion technique using a decorative satin stitch. Further texture was added by using a soldering iron to cut holes through the felt and stitching and this was then backed with another piece of stiffened felt - this time in yellow.
Below are two of my original oil paintings from the same theme, both are 2x3 feet in size and painted using a painting knife so heavily textured. I wanted the stitch version to retain this heavily textured feel.