Refugees in New Zealand have been warmly welcomed, as I mentioned in the previous post. As I worked my way through the first painting, ‘Refugee‘, I thought more and more about the whole subject. What makes a person a refugee, is there only one kind of refugee and are refugees always created by forceful displacement?
The dictionary definition of a refugee is – “a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster.” I believe there are degrees of refugees. Those as described already, and people who have been displaced from their native environment by choice, only to find they cannot return, for various reasons. In my next post I shall examine these ideas further.
As the painting developed, you will see in the vlog below, the struggles I had to get the image to work.
In this painting the refugees have arrived and are being welcomed by their new country – New Zealand, in this case. I am working very intuitively at the moment, and being constantly surprised at what is coming out onto the canvas. The images are very powerful and I feel they are taking on a life of their own. The large figure on the left – the spirit of the land ended up having such an amazing feeling coming from him. I was really excited by this piece and it is my favourite so far.
Something else that has me really fired up about this body of work, is that I am going to donate 10% of all profits from the works to The Syrian Refuge Crisis Appeal ( Care Australia).
It is a way that I, as an artist can support the refugees, while at the same time, sharing that with those who buy my work. So if you would like to purchase this work you can do so here.
This Weeks Question: What are your thoughts on the refugee crisis? Please Share…..
Look For Next Week’s Post: My 8 day Instagram challenge.