Created in 2013
This is the final piece from the Multi-Culture series and explores what impact integration has on society. Over time, we see a conflicting situation: people come together and look to integrate, and yet, there is a desire to retain individual cultural identities; to ensure that their heritage not lost in the Western environment; where children born into this society are torn between two cultures. Can integration lead to a loss of identity?
If you look at the starkness of the solid black shapes, these are offset by the lighter detailed image; demonstrating just how these two supposedly opposing pieces have come together to create balance and harmony. The detailed lighter images represent the desire to find an identity away from the pull of the rest of society.
I created this piece by screen printing my images on to fabric. My stencils are based on two pieces of artwork "Queen of the Carnival" and “The Sea”.
I wanted to use these contrasting shapes which one would not conventionally place together to show how how harmony can exist in different forms.