FRAGMENTS: Raising Funds for Syria
NOTE: The following text merely scratches the surface of FRAGMENTS, please read this journal post to see the full evolution of the project, to view all of the paintings in detail, to read about each child that inspired each Fragment and my project conclusion.
FRAGMENTS was a self initiated project in which I created two paintings a day to raise funds for those affected by the war in Syria. This project came from the feeling of helplessness and hopelessness that washed over me after the video of Omran Daqneesh being pulled from the rubble and put into the back of an ambulance flooded the mainstream media. I wanted to help the only way I knew how, through my work.
Over the week-long project I painted 14 Syrian children who had been featured in the media, each painting represented 1,000 children who have paid for the conflict with their lives - that's 14,000 innocent children dead, since the conflict began 5 years ago.
All paintings sold within the first few days of the project (most before they were even started), and all proceeds were donated to Care Australia to assist in the provision of basic resources like food, shelter, amenities and hygiene kits to refugees of the crisis.