World Vision Australia

Pigeon Gillian

This artwork was inspired by the story of a young Syrian girl called Sara who fled her country for safety after her house was bombed and her father was kidnapped and violently killed. Sara said that her father was the one person who used to love her the most and that more than anything she just wants him back. The words I have chosen represent the loss Sara feels for her father, but I also hope they communicate a sense of despair and loss, which can be widely empathised.

I wanted to make use of a patterned floor mat in the artwork as in the refugee camps there is a lack of belongings or furniture and the World Vision film clips featured the children sitting on these mats. The floral pattern is a visual representation of Syria’s rich and beautiful culture. The pattern loosely represents the jasmine flower, which is common throughout the country and is Syria’s unofficial national flower. The hands are open in the artwork trying to explain what has happened, as if they are in conversation with the viewer.