No (Wo)Man is an Island, Mixed media on canvas, 76cm x 26cm
When first exploring this topic I reflected on that only males are discussed at being at the “table” of the last supper. Did this mean that women were not invited to the table? Then I thought about it a bit more. Did it mean that only Middle Eastern Jewish males were invited to the table then? Each time I classified the original people present, it was like the community fragmented a bit more. More and more barriers were put in place to who could come to the table. Only males of certain trades, geographic location… on and on. It’s like we do this all the time with community. We continually fragment it with more rules on who is in and who is out based on the most arbitrary things. It reminded me about the schism between mainland Brisbane-ites and their island living neighbours, each considering the other the outsider, not part of the community. Then it goes a further level with individual island populations considering the other island populations outsiders to their community. We are so good are at building barriers, at fragmenting ourselves.
This work picks up the coastline of Brisbane, fragmenting and drifting off into the sea as a reflection on the way we fragment our society. Once it was all part of one land but over time more and more pieces have broken off and floated away. Large, small, various shapes and sizes of land, islands of communities, surrounded by oceans of misunderstanding and conflict. We isolate ourselves at our peril. Our challenge is instead to welcome all to the table, to truly celebrate the other and invite everyone to be part of the Open Table –men, women, every nation, every occupation…
“No (Wo)man is an Island” is a mixed media piece on canvas and continues the development of my art using painted cutwork. A cross over from my period of working with textiles, cutwork (in embroidery terms) or paper cutting (in mainstream art terms) has come to be the play of overlaying two parts of the story. Each section – painted canvas and painted cutwork -contributes to the whole.
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