Monotype Print, oil on Italian Paper. 79.5 cm x 50 cm, 2020.
This piece is a response to the ongoing conflict in Yemen.
More than 60% of the civilian deaths in Yemen have been caused by Saudi airstrikes and I wanted to try and produce a response to that human violence in this piece.
The chaos and unnecessary bloodshed which continues there on a daily basis is what I was attempting to capture through the sprawling red blot which literally extends beyond the frame of the composition indicating its incessance.
The fact that lighter and subtler tones of blue and green persevere in the background is emblematic of the way in which conflicts ultimately do cease and that there is some hope for a more peaceful future.
I didn't dilute the concentration of the red paint I used and wanted it to be like the blood which is a tragic consequence of all wars.
I hope in this abstract piece people consider that though we might be facing our own threats from the coronavirus crisis each day, the Yemen conflict has been ongoing since 2011 and hasn't been suspended simply because of this global health emergency.