ART to me is a powerful way to talk about unsaid words; somethings that we can't say. My painting 'Nameless', shows the ramifications of a policy designed to break the spirit of innocent women and force them to do things, that they would otherwise find unimaginable. 'Nameless' is a depiction of a crime against women, the all too common victims of war, that will be embedded in the history of Australia.
All the refugees and asylum seekers have been detained on Nauru indefinitely. There is no way to leave, to reach freedom. Abortions are illegal in Nauru and the Australian Government only permits women to be transferred to Australia for an abortion after five months into a woman's pregnancy.
It breaks my heart and as I paint, I wonder if the women are salvaging themselves, and their babies, who will be forever 'Nameless', to reach freedom. I pause, and wonder instead, if the Australian Government is knowingly sacrificing all of these babies, and views them heartlessly, as collateral damage to suits their unapologetic strategy of 'Nameless' dehumanisation. I conclude it may be both. Whatever the reason, the men making the decisions, in the Australian Government, are in control of the women's bodies.
My painting is a culmination of my feeling about this crime. The woman is a broken woman. She is walking toward and going to Australia. The baby inside her is scared, it's bent over and crying. I feel that Nameless does not like this dirty world. A monster's profile is in front of the baby, like he's going to swallow it. The monster is the Australian Government, a symbol I use in many of my paintings. The monster's teeth extend into the woman's hair, because she has been infected by the monster, and her actions are from a poisoned mind. I cannot judge her. I can't blame her, but l wish she could be given the antidote for the monster's venomous bite.
In a parallel moment in time, I paint the red blood, of the death of the baby, bleeding into the background of the canvas. Nameless is born. The second trimester abortion takes place.