politics on a plate

As an experiment I threw a set of large, flat-based plates and decorated them with distinctly different graphic imagery, as chapters in a book are separate from each other but remain part of a whole. The results of the experiment are these two plates. The first depicts figures running over a line drawing of a house. The small dark figures are inspired by a photograph of St Petersburg on the 3 July 1917 when rioting broke out in Nevsky Prospekt, the main city street. Soldiers turned against industrial workers who were demonstrating against the Russian Provisional Government. The photograph represents the fear and violence that was the beginning of change within the political environment of Russia. However, the fleeing figures offer no indication to their original source. Their interpretation is open, unknown, and in an uncomfortable way can mirror the plight of the figures’ actions, for they are running to somewhere but who knows where? With these images i refer to the plight of refugees who also free from fear and violence in an attempt to find a safer place.The second plate holds a sharp and jagged image of a coiled barbed wire in a twisted awry fashion. above a fence (reminiscent of a farm fence) is a barricade or fence of an offshore detention centre. A contrasting thin black line works on the first plate with the rough edges of the barbed wire on the second plate adding to the drama of the narrative.

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