Big Back in Black 2013

Caravan, oil on board 35cm x 25cm, 2013

With an interest in how objects and materials absorb or experience crisis and failure, symbolically or just as structural fragments, I considered how we left our entire lives behind, often with just the clothes on our backs, in order to start over.

This was the beginning, where global economic, environmental and political disparities converge. How do we depict these forces of light and dark? After the magnitude-9.0 earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean off the northeast coast of Japan’s Honshu island on March 11, 2011. The Great East Japan Earthquake — the name given to the event by the Japanese government — triggered a massive tsunami that flooded more than 200 square miles of coastal land. An estimated 20,000 people were dead or missing and close to 500,000 people were forced to evacuate. In addition, a nuclear power plant meltdown triggered a nuclear emergency. How do you process that? We decided it was necessary to move from Japan and after some wandering, re-settled in the Blue Mountains, Australia. These are some works that were constructed with this in mind from 2011-2015.

Big Back in Black 3, Oil on Board, 35 x 25cm, 2013
Big Back in Black 1, Oil on Board, 35 x 25cm, 2013
Big Back in Black 2, Oil on Board, 35 x 25cm, 2013