From the artist:
My therapist helped me to create a protector, a spirit animal. As a kid, teddy bears were very important to me. At times when grown ups let me down; I always had my bears. They were also part of strong bond between my grandma and I. I carry my bear in my mind. He is a comfort, a security blanket, a protector. At times of particular psychological distress, Jeff feels locked behind bars in my head.