Porcelain, Wood, Cement
2’ x 2’
My goal is to spotlight the plight of today's global refugees and immigrants -- highlighting the threat of contested Human and Civil Rights. This tragedy is underscored by denied freedom of movement. Un-restricted movement is vital for survival, as populations fleeing oppression and war face grave dangers in their journey. The majority of those that flee for safety never find the freedom they risked their lives for.
Boat II –
This boat is a figurative object, expressing the elements of the Syrian conflict. The concrete crumbled around the base is speaking to the decimated cities and towns of the country. The boat being placed atop this heap signifies the rise of life out of the rubble and into another worldly existence. Inside the boat are representations of over 300 figures dwarfed by the experience of what war brings. The inability to understand the magnitude of loss that these souls have endured, is so big, that no language can describe. The pointing of the boat upward, to the sky and heavens, is a commemoration to those who did not make it.