About Hilary Jack: No Borders

No Borders is a rousing and hopeful neon work by Hilary Jack which was on display in the Formal Garden at YSP from 2018 to 2022.

The work uses a quote from Amelia Earheart, the pioneering American aviator who in 1932 became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. A feminist icon, Earheart challenged society’s traditionally accepted notions and boundaries of gender, and was a powerful advocate for the rights of women.

In this work, Jack reframes Earheart’s words, showing how relevant they remain as an ideal to strive for in today’s world. She highlights how they can be read in the light of contemporary politics with controversial and divisive domestic topics such as Brexit, the Irish border and Scottish independence, as well as global issues including refugee crises, dangerous border crossings, and infringements of human rights and freedoms. Jack’s bold message is a rallying call for people to unify and focus on our common humanity.