The series title alludes to asylum’s original meaning: A place of refuge. A Haven or Sanctuary.
19th Century language imbibed the word with the negative idiom of punishment and incarceration. This suited my prevailing ambiguity towards all the explicit imagery I’ve chosen. Does the icon of arrow convey impending attack or is it a signal of good news?
That is up to the viewer since icons invariably provoke an auto-emotive response that varies from individual to individual. In this regard, I’m hoping to challenge the viewer to explore their own set of symbols. The titles of each piece making up the series reflect a military state of being before, during, and after conflict, in contemporary media language. This is a conscious juxtaposition against the concrete imagery of the medieval portcullis, for example, which underscores the point that history bears witness and persists in telling us the same stories with uncanny accuracy.
It’s my intention to convey these emotive conditions to demonstrate that when we bear witness to and experience conflict and injustice on any scale, we are all changed. It’s just a matter of degree and how we process it.
The Bellevue Gallery
Acrylics and graphite on wood
24 inches tall by 48 inches wide
Here in the Arctic of Aftermath
A Cemetery of Feathers
The Frozen Ceasefire
36 inches wide by 36 inches tall by 2.5 inches deep
No Man’s Land
Harbouring Fugitives of Self Exile
48 inches tall by 22 wide by 2.5 inches deep
From the Gulag of Bearing Witness
Collateral Collective Casualty
The Coldest of Wars
Foreshadowing a Failed State
Night time Vision
Deploying Strategic Betrayal
Beyond the Wire
14 inches tall by 48 inches wide by 2.5 inches deep