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That further shore

Click on image to tour this work I have a home, in the desert. I have chosen to live here. Others have not. Along the northern shores of this Northern Territory people arrive in boats, passing (or trespassing?), into the Australian waters of our fringe of the Arafura Sea. These people have embarked upon perilous journeys in shaky vessels across vast stretches of open sea, kept alive by a spark of hope. Many of them are immediately transferred to remote detention camps in the desert where the long, barren journey of processing sets in. And gradually that even further shore recedes. I can see no valid reasons why hospitality and shelter temporary or long term must be clothed in barbed wire.
Ceramic, salt, oil, wick, brass, fire
130cm long x 12cm wide x 15cm high

This work was commissioned for 'Under One Roof', a group exhibition at Span Galleries curated by Tania Blackwell which explores the refugee experience through the concepts of home, displacement and the search for identity.