Australian Government · Australian Imperialism · Australian protests · babies in detention on Nauru · International condemnation · Peter Dutton · refugee advocates · refugee mother on Nauru · Torture · We Care Nauru

19th July. The worst day of my life

This poster has been created for the vigil on the 19th July by a female refugee doomed on Nauru. Here is her artist statement. She hopes you will use it as a poster for the vigil. It’s called ’19th July. The worst day of my life’

Artist statement:

’19th July. The worst day of my life’

As an architecture graduate, I look at art in geometric forms, with volume, colors and visual elements harmoniously combined. My inspiration comes from my favourite style Cubism and complimented by expressionism, abstract and modern art.

I usually draw portraits with aspects of the person’s life, textured, hidden and incorporated into their personal story. Their dreams, sadness, loves, hope, happiness flow throughout the drawing.

I’ve painted ’19th July’ to show my own story about trying to seek asylum in Australia and instead of finding safety, I am faced with 19th July 2013 policy, of no hope in limbo, told “You will never make Australia home”.

In this painting the only thing which is in realism is ocean. Because everything that I’ve seen during my travelling is based on lies, but the ocean was real and true. The words 19 July tattooed on the top of the canvas same as in my mind.

The fences on both sides of the ocean, shows a woman is stuck behind the bars, watching the ocean. The sun is brightening in her eyes and in front of her lips. The anchor has broken her heart, because she is stopped at a wrong place.

The hands reach for the sun, a symbol of warmth to catch the freedom of getting to Australia, are coming out from the ocean, Instead of catching the sun, those people are drowning in the ocean.

With fire behind the fences, the spiral gets closer to itself, getting more alone and cloistered, until he sets himself on fire.

There are thoughts of making fire in the woman’s mind, but also some brightness of sun that shows that some hopes still remain and stop her from making fire. In front of her face is an angry man who made the 19 July policy. His bruise face and his compressed teeth shows how he hates the woman because she is an asylum seeker.

The 19 July is the worst day of many people’s lives

foyrYearsArtwork

Comments
Lynette Muirhead
Lynette Muirhead My heart aches for you

 · Reply · 

2

 · 16 July at 10:08

Manage

Free the Children NAURU
Free the Children NAURU The artist has read your message. She says “Thank you for the message of hope”. These comments help her to choose hope, instead of fire. You fuel her desire to keep painting.

Manage

Lynette Muirhead
Lynette Muirhead My dear creative friend…cling to your hope…keep painting. I will definitely attend the local event. if it is OK I would like to print off your image and take it to show my Bishop and our local member. (2350)

 · Reply · 

1

 · 16 July at 13:20

Manage

Stephany Panhuysen
Stephany Panhuysen to the artist: you would be so welcome in my place.

 · Reply · 

6

 · 16 July at 10:18

Manage

Free the Children NAURU
Free the Children NAURU The artist has read your message. She says “Thank you for the message of hope”. These comments help her to choose hope, instead of fire. You fuel her desire to keep painting.

 · Reply · 

1

 · 16 July at 13:14

Manage

Martin Bayliss
Martin Bayliss The worst thing of all is that governments of both sides pursue this cruel and inhuman policy because they think it is a vote winner. Well not my vote.

 · Reply · 

5

 · 16 July at 10:41

Manage

Free the Children NAURU
Free the Children NAURU The artist has read your message. She says “Thank you for the message of hope”. These comments help her to choose hope, instead of fire. You fuel her desire to keep painting.

Manage

Jaqi Pascoe
Jaqi Pascoe Please tell us the name of the artist who created this vivid, haunting image.

 · Reply · 

3

 · 16 July at 11:39

Manage

Free the Children NAURU
Free the Children NAURU We will be disclosing the artist’s name and the artwork will be for sale after the vigil. We just need to get a few things organised before we can do this.

 · Reply · 

1

 · 16 July at 13:08

Manage

Jodianne Smallbon
Jodianne Smallbon So sad. Just bring them in for heavens sake!!!!!! 😡😡😡

 · Reply · 

6

 · 16 July at 12:27

Manage

Free the Children NAURU
Free the Children NAURU The artist has read your message. She says “Thank you for the message of hope”. These comments help her to choose hope, instead of fire. You fuel her desire to keep painting.

Manage

Allison Costa
Allison Costa Very powerful, heartbreaking piece.

Melissa

 · Reply · 

3

 · 16 July at 13:43

Manage

Free the Children NAURU
Free the Children NAURU The artist has read your message. She says “Thank you for the message of hope”. These comments help her to choose hope, instead of fire. You fuel her desire to keep painting.

Manage

Kathryn Little
Kathryn Little I hope the artist sees this. This is incredible, defiant art  My thoughts are with you and the people of Nauru

 · Reply · 

5

 · 16 July at 14:47 · Edited

Manage

Free the Children NAURU
Free the Children NAURU The artist has read your message. She says “Thank you for the message of hope”. These comments help her to choose hope, instead of fire. You fuel her desire to keep painting.

 · Reply · 

1

 · 16 July at 18:45

Manage

Dol Bol
Dol Bol 😢

 · Reply · 

1

 · 16 July at 14:58

Manage

Linda Hawkins
Linda Hawkins Amazing Artwork We are where we are at this present time. Good luck to all.

 · Reply · 

2

 · 16 July at 15:06

Manage

Free the Children NAURU
Free the Children NAURU The artist has read your message. She says “Thank you for the message of hope”. These comments help her to choose hope, instead of fire. You fuel her desire to keep painting.

Manage

Trish Davie
Trish Davie Jackie Dee, read her message xx

 · Reply · 

3

 · 16 July at 15:07

Manage

Noel Maguire
Noel Maguire This goverment are shameless

 · Reply · 

2

 · 16 July at 16:01

Manage

Free the Children NAURU
Free the Children NAURU The artist has read your message. She says “Thank you for the message of hope”. These comments help her to choose hope, instead of fire. You fuel her desire to keep painting.

Manage

Noel Maguire
Noel Maguire Is shameless

 · Reply · 

3

 · 16 July at 16:01

Manage

Free the Children NAURU
Free the Children NAURU The artist has read your message. She says “Thank you for the message of hope”. These comments help her to choose hope, instead of fire. You fuel her desire to keep painting.

 · Reply · 

1

 · 16 July at 18:47

Manage

Jenny Rae
Jenny Rae Great painting – (yet another) person who deserves a life outside detention, not the torture Australia inflicts

 · Reply · 

4

 · 16 July at 16:18

Manage

Free the Children NAURU
Free the Children NAURU The artist has read your message. She says “Thank you for the message of hope”. These comments help her to choose hope, instead of fire. You fuel her desire to keep painting.

Manage

Isabel Patonai
Isabel Patonai So very disgraceful, but not enough people care, because they believe the bullsh.t the government and media propagate.

 · Reply · 

2

 · 16 July at 19:55 · Edited

Manage

Free the Children NAURU
Free the Children NAURU The artist has read your message. She says “Thank you for the message of hope”. These comments help her to choose hope, instead of fire. You fuel her desire to keep painting.

 · Reply · 

1

 · 17 July at 18:09

Manage

Nancy Billias
Nancy Billias Please encourage this amazing artist not to give up. Many are with her in spirit and advocating for this cause.

 · Reply · 

2

 · 16 July at 20:09

Manage

Free the Children NAURU
Free the Children NAURU The artist has read your message. She says “Thank you for the message of hope”. These comments help her to choose hope, instead of fire. You fuel her desire to keep painting.

Manage

Patti Artiste Shouldice
Patti Artiste Shouldice Stunning, Intense!!! X

 · Reply · 

3

 · 17 July at 06:04

Manage

Free the Children NAURU
Free the Children NAURU The artist has read your message. She says “Thank you for the message of hope”. These comments help her to choose hope, instead of fire. You fuel her desire to keep painting.

 · Reply · 

2

 · 17 July at 18:09

Manage

Sandra Fraser
Sandra Fraser Wonderful brave art!

 · Reply · 

1

 · 17 July at 16:33

Manage

Free the Children NAURU
Free the Children NAURU The artist has read your message. She says “Thank you for the message of hope”. These comments help her to choose hope, instead of fire. You fuel her desire to keep painting.

Manage

Sue Brady
Sue Brady Amazing moving piece. So wrong you and everyone else is imprisoned by our dreadful govt.

 · Reply · 

3

 · 17 July at 16:34

Manage

Free the Children NAURU
Free the Children NAURU The artist has read your message. She says “Thank you for the message of hope”. These comments help her to choose hope, instead of fire. You fuel her desire to keep painting.

Manage

Kerin Faulkner
Kerin Faulkner Your art is magnificent,always praying that you will be free.

 · Reply · 

2

 · 17 July at 22:35

Manage

Andrea Harrison
Andrea Harrison I feel so ashamed of our government policies. I feel so sorry that you have suffered because of them. You have a strong life-force as shown in your artwork. Continue to be strong and know that most Australians welcome you and wish you well.

 · Reply · 

3

 · 17 July at 23:54

Manage

Renée Linton-Simpkins
Renée Linton-Simpkins Such a powerful piece of work. I am so horrified by what is being done to these people and so ashamed of this government.

 · Reply · 

5

 · 18 July at 04:16

Manage

Danny Moreno
Danny Moreno Reminds me if Guernica, the suffering of mankind.Moving.

 · Reply · 

2

 · 18 July at 15:47

Manage

Amran Ariffin
Amran Ariffin Thank you for such a hauntingly beautiful work. We will never waver in supporting you & all detainees. Stay strong & HE will show us the way! Salam. ps: Is this work for sale? Cheers

 · Reply · 

1

 · 18 July at 20:34

Manage

Lynette Muirhead
Lynette Muirhead Back home from the Vigil in chilly Armidale 2350…very close to snowing here

 · Reply · 

1

 · 19 July at 15:55

Manage

Michelle Bui
Michelle Bui Dan reading the artist statement at the Perth vigil

Image may contain: 1 person, standing

 · Reply · 

1

 · 6 hrs

Manage

Michelle Bui
Michelle Bui Holding a placard featuring the artwork in front of the crowd gathered at the vigil xx

Image may contain: 1 person, standing

 · Reply · 

2

 · 6 hrs

Manage

Free the Children NAURU
Free the Children NAURU So beautiful, thank you dear Michelle Bui

 · Reply · 53 mins

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s