The Swarm has been made in direct response to the world's growing refugee crisis.
Each day, thousands of people flee from war, persecution, poverty and hunger to make long, arduous and often life-threatening journeys to reach a place of safety. They land on foreign shores , carrying fragments of their past lives and the emotional and physical scars of their experiences. They are herded into makeshift camps, which are under resourced and dangerously overcrowded, to await classification and legal entry into the countries they seek refuge in.
Many of these people are children.
In their daily lives they experience day to day encounters with riot police and immigration and border control officers.
they do not speak the language of the host country.
This work seeks to examine the international response to refugees and displaced people.
By painting an image of riot police, taken directly from media source material, I aim to shunt the viewer (and myself) into the position of witness. This is off-set by the presence of the child refugees, who I have painted onto the surface of laundry bags, which are used by people around the world to transport their belongings and effects. the children are based on a series of photographic portraits of child refugees by the Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, Muhammed Muheisen.