The news media plays an important role in informing us about significant human rights issues. I represent this in my work by using the motif of film strips. I am also profoundly moved by the images of notice boards covered with countless photographs of ‘the disappeared’, they are faces that represent a desperate kind of iconography.
The bravery of political prisoners is beyond dispute and the courage of journalists who risk their own safety to report their stories is equally humbling. I would like my work to commemorate the early part of the 21st century by depicting the humanitarian dilemmas we all face at this time.
The tragic story of Daniel Pearl had a profound effect on me. What happened to him, and others like him, is epic subject matter that should be wrestled with in the same way that religious subjects inspired artists in earlier centuries.