In the artist's open hand is a sculpture made from sections of his own skin. These were removed when he was having treatment for sickle cell anaemia.
Rodney uses autobiography to address larger social and political issues from the perspective of a black British man. He also deals with more personal issues of identity, family and home. This small house has been seen as symbolising 'the fragility and the near-futility of Rodney having to live within a structure hopelessly unable to sustain itself'.