Refugee Crisis –
The worldwide refugee crisis is a phenomenon that we can no longer ignore. It seems that every time you turn on the TV you see people transitioning in some way. There are millions of displaced people traveling across Europe, looking for new homes as their land has become uninhabitable due to war and terrorism.
I was in New Zealand listening to a news report about the town of Dunedin in the South Island where the whole city turned out to welcome a plane load of Syrian refugees. There was a wonderful air of support, compassion and simple human kindness being offered by the citizens, to these refugees, who have been through such harrowing experiences. We cannot even imagine the pain and suffering they have been through.
Now you might wonder what all this has to do with art. Well as it turns out it actually has quite a lot to do with art and in particular my art. What follows is an interesting insight into how the subconscious mind works, and how creativity flows.
During my recent New Zealand trip I visited Rotorua and took several photos of the hot pools there. On returning home I used some of these photos as source material for some abstract paintings.
The first work used this photo as it’s source.
When I was about three-quarters of the way through the work I was wondering what title to give it when the word refugee popped into my head. At the time I couldn’t figure why, why refugee???
I could see that the figures in the middle of the painting looked very frightened and harrowed.The funny thing is that I was talking to one of my students about the painting and we had previously been discussing how I would like to return to live in New Zealand (I currently live in Australia.) But at this point in time that is not possible for me. So when I was telling her about the painting being called Refugee, she looked at me and looked at the painting and said ‘but you’re a refugee, aren’t you? ‘ This was quite astonishing because I’d never thought of myself as such.
This got me to thinking further about refugees, the refugee crisis and displaced persons in general…… and so began the birth of a new series – the Art of Transitioning.
This Weeks Question: What are your thoughts on the refugee crisis?
Look For Next Week’s Post: A vlog of the second painting in this series and more on refugees.