Posted on November 18, 2017
The refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island are refusing to leave the compound for fear of their lives. The Australian Government is systematically closing the centre down, shutting off power, ceasing supplies, pulling down fences. The hundreds of asylum seekers remaining stay on in increasingly desperate circumstances.
“As well as the constant threat of being told to move to unsafe housing, the systematic removal of services is also adding to the mental trauma of the men here. The authorities removed the public phones almost two months ago and many men have no contact with their families. The main fences were taken down from Bravo and Charlie compounds and some buildings have been demolished. The canteen is closed to the majority of men and they have stopped providing fruit, sugar, coffee and paper cups. Men who never smoked before and who have become addicted to cigarettes can no longer get them – I cry seeing the men smoking dry leaves and papers.”
Posted on September 24, 2017
Posted on October 7, 2016
Exhibition curated by Narelle Phillips of the Tuggeranong Arts Centre.
I am very excited to have been invited to take part in this exhibition. The opening was a great occasion and an opportunity to meet other artists working with the same subject matter.
My main piece in the show “Uncertain Voyage” was also used as the front cover of a new book published earlier this year by Irial Glynn –
Irial Glynn is a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow at the Institute of History at Leiden University Netherlands. His research focuses on postwar Irish and Italian migration history, global trends in asylum policymaking from a historical perspective and the links between memory studies and migration studies.
Other recent works not included in this exhibition…
Category: Art, Asylum Seekers, Australia, Boat People, Canberra, Exhibition, Human Rights, PAINTINGS, Politics, Refugees, Uncategorized Tagged: Activism, Ampersand Duck, Art, Asylum Seekers, Australia, Barak Zelig, Boat People, Canberra, Irial Glynn, Leiden University, Lucile Carson, Mona Khizam, Narelle Phillips, Nicci haynes, Painting, Penny Ryan, Sean Davey, Tuggeranong Art Centre
Posted on March 30, 2016
Today was bump in for my exhibition “Uncertain Journeys”.
The image of the boat has been a recurring theme in my painting for three years. Imagining the claustrophobic hull – the hell of uncertainty. The forced migration of people is a defining aspect of the times and the “illegal” journey to Australia by boat is now part of our modern mythology.
I worked night shift with a young man who made such a journey in 2001. Although only 8 years old at the time, he vividly described three nights jammed in with asylum seekers from a variety of countries, sharing the same goal and the same fear in the wilderness of hours huddled together clutching make shift weapons. They had little idea where they were headed, but anywhere was better than the danger and persecution they faced at home.
We have been bombarded with images and discussion in the media regarding the plight of refuges seeking asylum. This reflects upon our collective character as a nation, and resides in our hearts and minds, either to solidify prejudice or to create a powerful sense of injustice.
These pictures have grown out of this turbulence, my perspective – sensitive to the issues, and reflective about the discussion and consequences of government policy.
Category: Art, Asylum Seekers, Australia, Belconnen Arts Centre, Boat People, Canberra, Exhibition, Human Rights, PAINTINGS, Politics, Refugees, Uncategorized Tagged: Activism, Art, Art work, Asylum Seekers, Australia, Australian Art, Belconnen Arts Centre, Boat People, Canberra, Exhibition, Human rights, Paintings, protest art, Refugees
Posted on October 5, 2015
In recent months I have concentrated on a series of works on paper on the theme of a family group. This is a theme that has been explored by many artists and I am particularly drawn to the images of Henry Moore during his “bomb shelter” era. I used my own family as a reference, assembling them to make a tableaux then expanding on basic this configuration to explore distortion and other structural variations.
Most of these works began as a simple monotype line drawing, and were taken in different directions using gouache, ink and pastel.
Posted on April 30, 2015
Even in the minute wilderness in the corner of a modest backyard, there is a certain adventure to be had. Finding creatures that wiggle and squirm under a rock, sticks; stones and dirt that mimic an avalanche; leaves and vines that could be the terrain of a strange new world. A child’s garden is a place where imagination takes refuge, where games find a stage, and where time is strangled by inextricable creepers.
Posted on April 20, 2015
I have been working on two distinct themes this year. Continuing the Asylum Seeker pictures as well as the Child’s Garden series. I’m vacillating about putting in a proposal for a show “speak for me”, however I remain uncertain as to whether I have the right pictures for such an exhibition.
On the weekend I dressed the kids up with head scarves and took photos as reference for a new set of works on paper. I’ve had the idea of working on a family group for sometime but pushing my approach toward a more abstract configuration. I have always been a big fan of Henry Moore’s drawings and sculptures on this subject which will become evident as I post more of the images.
|lowcheckkian on More Garden Images|
|crowcries on A Child’s Garden|
|kellyartisthorton on A Child’s Garden|
|crowcries on The Survivors|
|crowcries on The Boat|