I first posted this on 25th February 2014. Six months later, and the madness continues.
My desire to be well informed is currently at odds with my desire to remain sane.’ Matt Keeland
This quote resonated with me and indeed recently, I have changed my habit of turning on the BBC news first thing in the morning, and replacing it with beautiful music.
I listen to the news and read newspapers a little later in the day when I feel more fortified, more able to harness a constructive, positive attitude.
Because I believe that a picture speaks a thousand words, I chose the following images which express the polar opposites of destruction and construction, of war and peace.
During the Bosnian war, (1992 – 1995) I saw a photograph of a young child ravaged by the madness of war. I made two paintings from the photograph.
As a child of war, she represents all the other children who have, and are suffering because of the madness and greed that war brings.
In the second painting I focused on the little girls face….a face blank with shock and yet filled with horror.
We tend to be overwhelmed when we see stark images of whole cities in Syria being destroyed and given the immediacy of social networks and photographs flying around the world at break neck speeds, we have become desensitised…..making it easy for us to ignore and deny.
By looking into the eyes of this child of war, we come closer to our own children, and our human interconnection.
This post is about the polar opposites of destruction and construction, war and peace.
These two quick watercolour portraits of young girls, (probably about the same age as The Child of War) were painted when I spent the day with children from the Mission Hill School in Boston, USA.
Their eyes are bright….and full of hope.
They express a sense of life, rather than sorrow……they are children of peace.
Then there is the innocent baby….a blank canvas to be filled in by life.
Quoting, Ralph Waldo Emerson – ‘Each particle is a microcosm, and faithfully renders the likeness of the world’.
All of life is interconnected, and I believe that only when we understand and accept this, that maybe humankind will stop the madness of war.
This post was inspired by the face of a child I saw on the news last night. Standing in the ruins of Homs, Syria, the distress in the child’s eyes was overwhelmingly tragic.