I started to document and hang up articles from local (Welsh) and Jordanian newspapers that stood out to me. Whether it was titles of articles or pictures related that caught my attention. I started to write down words related that translate (as seen on the brown paper) “bravery”, “the future” and “loss”. I’ve also started to research refugees in the Jordanian Zaatari refugee camp and the children affected specifically; the most innocent and most traumatized of the affected population.
This is a low resolution (as signal was weak) screenshot I took of a live stream that a reporter had filmed from his home in Gaza during one of the many bomb raids. This was hard to watch but I find as I submerge myself more and more into researching the media and the lack of coverage, the more frustrated I get. There was not even mention of this on any news station; this was all real and live however there for anyone to watch and share the experience with. A heartbreaking moment.
This is the original graffiti/painting mural piece that the duo known as “Herakut”, that I decided to use as a starting point for my subject area project. The piece is located in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan for the Syrians who take refuge there. It was done by the duo with the help of the children in the camp (a collaborative and involving piece).
The artists use a unique style of mixed graffiti and emulsion paints combining detailed parts and rough texture to create the final pieces with vibrant and bold patterns and colors.
The child seen in the painting is building the word “home” out of playing blocks; the child is rebuilding his home/life. This piece touched me the most from their series of work done in the Zaatari camp, and its sublet yet powerful message is the effect I want to make using my work in response to this. I want to create similar bold and colorful pieces of work with similar subtle messages conveying a powerful message.
I created a mind map to help me figure out what I was most interested and inspired by about the artists that I have been researching linked to my subject work. This helped me clear out the extra information about the artists and gave me something to look at for quick inspiration. Each artist; unique in practice and concepts but all related to the of conflict and oppression.