Porcelain, Wood, Twine
3 1/2’ x 2 1/2’
My work spotlights 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.
This piece was modeled after the Cuban exodus in 1994. Fidel Castro said whoever wanted to leave could. Those courageous and strong enough to leave their home, their community, and their land, took voyage on makeshift rafts. The inner tube, appearance of dilapidate wood and twine was a means to relate to the materials readily available to use in the construction of these escape vessels when Fidel Castro’s announcement came. The porcelain inner tubes represented the fragility and precariousness of their journey across the Pacific. In particular, the material used extends how hurried rafts were assembled, the preciousness of constructed and how dangerous the journey ahead was.