One Unholy Journey
This work began after a visit to Palestine and Israel in the year 2000, before we stopped flying, and after a visit to the school in Ramallah where a friend was working as temporary Headmaster. He pleaded with me to “Do something, ANYTHING you can about this ghastly situation.” So this is what I have been doing ever since. The first triptych is in oil pastel from photos I took on the day of Pope John Paul’s visit to Jerusalem. Then, while at Art College 2005-2010 I did the second triptych in oil, entitled “Grief” and the installation on the theme of “Pillows.” After leaving college in 2010 I completed 2 “Doveworks” as an ongoing meditation on the work of the then 84 Peace NGO’s., and then a painted reflection on the changing maps of the region entitled “So that’s why Jerusalem gets you in the throat”.
There has been an evolution of a method of work for the “100 Olive Trees series” which is a sort of oil painting sketchbook of happenings through the medium of the tree that has developed as I have gone along. It started rather haphazardly, and gradually developed into a process by which I would read something every day of news and headlines from the region in both Ha’aretz, Al Quds, the Palestine Times or various websites, but most notably JfJfP.com which I have found to be a very reliable source of up to date information. There have also been influences from many meetings I have attended and from people I know with personal and recent experience of the area. I then have half an hour of silence before starting researching, making, painting and writing. The last piece is a hanging installation, and is a reflection on the “Right to return.”