Smaller Worlds

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Claire sent me pictures of the doll’s house she made and put in her window during her stay on the ward. I imagined it as a parallel for the individual rooms patients inhabit with no face to face contact with their neighbours due to the cross-infection rules that mean they communicate only by virtual means – here that’s by a message read in a book, a letter in a bottle and a message on a paper aeroplane.

The doll’s house aspect reflects the way each room becomes a small world in itself, with the sea a metaphor for distance between. At the end the inhabitant flying away is both a daydream of escape and the feeling of joy when you know that you’re going home.

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