“Out at Tidbinbilla”
Oils and montaged paper on canvas
Art of Resistance is privileged to have received this contribution from Pamela Horsley. Her painting Out at Tidbinbilla landed her a place as a finalist in the prestigious Sir John Sulman Prize 2012.
From the artist:
In this painting I have illustrated a joyous moment in the otherwise trying life of an asylum seeking family living in the community in Canberra. It was painted after a delightful picnic at Tidbinbilla, a Nature Reserve in the ACT. After years of waiting for a decision regarding their future in Australia they are momentarily losing themselves in the delights of Australian nature.
This beautiful, talented and courageous women is caught between fear of a dreadful fate if returned to her homeland, and the hope of survival and a future for her and her children in Australia if mercy is extended. Here we have moments of happiness despite real threat.
I find it ironic that it is poor Moe the iconic Koala who is behind bars!
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