CUT & DISTORT Anna-Carin Johnson (1990, Sweden) What is the meaning of the phrase ‘being trapped’? We only feel trapped when we acknowledge that there are things we desire that are beyond our reach. We feel trapped because we may be imagining a non-existent world that is beyond our present compass of influence. For example, a trompe l’oeil painting may be trying to express a deep desire of the heart, to escape from an existing world to another imagined world. Human beings often experience dissatisfaction as a result of a sense of powerlessness in achieving their de- sired goals or ambitions. This feeling may result in some sort of displacement activity leading to actions that are designed to restrict freedoms within the animal kingdom. Perhaps it is here where there is a sense of having more control.