Untethered and Untenable: September - November 2015
This is an interactive work. I cast life vest buckles in bronze. Viewers were told that they could choose a life vest buckle from the wall to take with them, with the expectation that they would donate $17.00, the equivalent cost of a child’s life vest, to Lighthouse Relief. The work was created as a response to the dire circumstances Syrian refugees face. Nearly two children drown each day crossing the Mediterranean Sea while fleeing war, according to the international aid group Save the Children. Many refugees are unable to purchase life vests for the journey, and many others are sold poor quality life vests that are not seaworthy. The buckles represent the 162 children who drowned in September, October and November 2015. Lighthouse Relief is a non-governmental organization registered in Sweden. For refugees arriving on the Greek island of Lesvos, the operations provide a safe place where the needs of children are met through play, informal education, and psychosocial support services.
84 x 24 in