Vivienne includes found objects to express ideas about the plight of refugees and Jane explores notions of memory and loss through 'physical photograms' in wax on board.
Dark Skies, Distant Stars
In my Christmas stocking in 1979 I found a copy of "The Boat People ", chosen for me because our home looked out onto Lamma Island , the shore where 2,500 Vietnamese refugees had deliberately grounded their ship the "Huey Fong" as they sought asylum in Hong Kong.
It included a poem which begins:
"Lost in the tempests
Out on the open seas
Our small boats drift.
We seek for land
During endless days and endless nights.
We are the foam
Floating on the vast ocean.
We are the dust
Wandering the endless space"
....written by one of the half million "Boat" people.
Their dramatic story exemplifies the bitter dilemma, moral and political, posed by refugees. They test our reason and our conscience. Their personal crises reflect a deeper crisis. A refugee is an unwanted person, he makes claims upon the humanity of others without having much to offer in return. If he works hard and is successful, he is accused of taking work from someone else. If he fails, is unhappy and resentful he is considered a burden on society.
A refugee is defined by UN as "a person who owing to well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality or political opinion is outside the country of his nationality and is unwilling to return”.
Truth, Lies and What the Camera Saw
The images are translations of my family albums, physical photograms made in wax of people in absence, preserved, contextless. Without detail, they show the bare bones of memories, framed in found frames which bring with them their own history and lost memories. Empty frames abound, signifiers of lost memories, while loose images are on their way to being lost.
The larger pictures are an interpretation of my remembering some of the moments caught in those photo albums, the stronger colours an indication of heightened emotion.