Dispersal

This series is about human displacement caused by political and social unrest due to war and upheaval.

I started this series with a focus on the plight of the Syrian refugees. As the work progressed, the narrative organically expanded to include my own experience of leaving Iraq due to the effects of war and the politicly charged regime of Saddam Hussein.These works express the emotional state of mind of a displaced individual.The narrative also reflects the world’s reaction and treatment of immigrants and refugees.

Visual metaphors such as paper boats, kites and tents reflect the unsettling reality of shifting roots and fragile journeys with uncertain destinations.

Intertwined tumbling outlines of fragmented body parts reflect the confused sate of mind and the shaken emotional state of a refugee or an emigrant to a lesser extent. It reflects the way many people are viewing and treating refugees and emigrants today. They are seen as sub human silhouettes that are more threatening and parasitical than fellow humans under duress.

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Dispersal Patterns
2018
Charcoal, Acrylic, oil and pen on canvas 
48"x60" - 122 cm x153 cm
Caravan in the Storm
2018
Charcoal, Acrylic, oil and pen on canvas 
48"x60" - 122 cm x153 cm
Fragile Paper Boats
2018
Charcoal, Acrylic, oil and pen on canvas 
48"x60" - 122 cm x153 cm
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Shifting Roots
2018
Charcoal, Acrylic, oil and pen on canvas 
60" diameter- 123 cm diameter