Family Sized Packet
'Family Sized Packet', mixed media (plaster, oil, watercolour, gold leaf) 40 x 40cm
Awarded 2nd prize at the Ibero-American Arts Prize, 2016.
The result of visiting the many rows of lifejackets used by refugees travelling by sea from Turkey to Greece which were placed on Parliament Square, and hearing Trump Jr.'s comments comparing these individuals to poisoned Skittles. The average size of many of the families who make this journey is 6 people. The painting is about voyage and the fragility it exposes us to but also about strength, hope and unity. The journey undertaken by these families is as fraught with uncertainty and danger as any of the explorers who discovered new worlds. They seek security - arguably central to any imagined utopia - and it is the tragedy of today that they instead find themselves othered.