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“The Greatness Of Silence”project

The topic: Diaspora and why I choose it?

  

•The concept of the diaspora as artwork and complementary to my dissertation.

  • Rationale: to create and achieve a sculptural artwork out of real scenes that actually occurred, and the process of the building will show what this meaning to the general public, the movement of these people who are powerless, from their homelands because of war, famine or natural disaster. The pain and feelings that the immigrant faces on their enforced journey. of the emigrant, to an unknown destination.

  • To show What is the story of “The Greatness of Silence" which is behind the sculptures?

Key Objectives:

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1. A World Peace Message

  

 •We are in the 21st century, why is it so difficult to have peace in the world? should be.    •We have the United Nations (UN). The UN Security Council has the primary responsibility for international peace and security. 

•The UN member states are the 193 countries and have equal representation in the UN General Assembly. There are 207 countries in the world.

•All human beings have rights.
Children have rights.

Collage by Miami Mohsin

2. The truth

  

•Seeing the truth through the work of artists.


•All audiences appreciate any artwork if it affects their emotions and if they find out the real stories behind the pictures.


• The media rarely tells the truth, they tell stories that the public want to hear. Art is one way of exposing the truth for everyone to see.



Concept

What is the story of “ The Greatness of Silence" which is behind the sculptures? 

I am reflecting on my high level of knowledge of the principles and techniques at work in creating objects from the different materials that I have used in sculpting.  I have realized that each material has its own properties and with my experimentation, they can be clearly identified.

 

To create and achieve a sculptural artwork out of real scenes that actually occurred and the process of building will show this meaning to the general public, the movement of these people who are powerless, from their homelands because of war, famine or natural disaster. The pain and feelings that the immigrant faces on their enforced journey. 


I started to study the case of the immigrant as I am one of those immigrants. My case may be a little better than theirs, but I also have this great sense of loss, my identity, family, home and my belongings for years.

 

I have found that other artists cannot convey the real meaning of the suffering of the immigrant, so I decided to create a sculptural artwork, depicting the great suffering of the immigrant. 

Creating the Diorama

The are four sculptures in this diorama.  When combined, each piece should help to clarify the concept of the diaspora. As an artwork it seeks to deliver a strong social and economic message. 

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Materials used to create this artwork - Papier Mâché

Why did I use the medium papier mâché?

  

•I like to experiment with materials. I have never worked with this medium on a big project.


•Papier mâché is light to move around.


•The texture of the material was suited to the paint medium I will use to create the Verdi Gris effect.


•Why should the colour be Verdi Gris? The colour green does not always mean life, sometimes green can be the colour of tragedy. This is the natural colour of bronze when it is exposed to the weather. This is colour that the full size sculpture will be when it is created, from bronze, for public display.


•The base will be wood to give it the scene physical stability.


•Papier mâché is soft and pliable, so it can be moulded into any shape. 


1st Sculpture: Running

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I think the identity comes from your heart. Therefore, I                    have removed the chest section from my adult figures. 

The child did not lack any body part, because his identity is his mother and father and he is too young to feel their sense of loss. 

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The uplifted hand is a gesture to say that he will stop anyone hurting his family and he will take them to safety. He is protecting, he is the physical strength in this family. 

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The woman is shown to be heavily pregnant. So, the man actually has four lives to protect. 

2nd Sculpture: Delivering

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The woman is forced to give birth on the roadside. 

The birth of a child is an international symbol for hope and new beginnings. 

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The boy turned away from his mother, he puts his hands over his ears, so he cannot hear her cries. 

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She is trying desperately not to cry out, but he can see she is in pain and he cannot understand what is happening. 

3rd Sculpture: Drowning

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The boat that was to take them to safety and a new life, slowly sinking beneath the waves. 

The boat sank because the human traffickers look for routes that are not safe, away from the Police and Navy patrol boats. 

The drowning hands belong to every person who has gone to an unmarked grave in the sea and it is a stark reminder of those men, women and children who are dying every day while crossing the Mediterranean, the sea of Death. 

4th Sculpture: Losing

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•A mother and father bent over in grief.


•Where are the children?


•What has happened?

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Methodology:

  

Using newspaper and the challenges:

• I used protective gloves when I worked to protect myself from chemicals and inks in the newspaper.  • Paper is vulnerable to attack from bacteria and insects, so it must be cleaned by using bleach.  •Other additives that I should add to give it the required strength are glue, special oils and fillings. •Getting paper in bulk is expensive but I got it for free, courtesy of DC Thomson, Dundee. 

•The costs of moulds and finding them, in the half size required. I used plastic skeleton moulds,    

   covered with clingfilm. 

•Storage in the fridge, below 5 Celsius was one of the problems. The paper mâché had to be kept 

    below 5 degrees to maintain the correct texture. 

•I used my dining room as a workshop, even though that could cause damage to the furniture!

•The sculptures must be built up with very fine layers to create a strong body, I also needed enough 

   time to let it dry, to protect them from rot.  

Conclusions

  The sculpture called the Greatness of Silence is an artwork that shows the greatest travesty of the 21st century.  These four half-size figures: Running, Delivering, Drowning and Losing, show the reality of the diaspora, the displacement of people against their will. The fear, terror, desperation, and heartache of the people of the diaspora are brought to life in my artwork. 

The most recent figures for refugees published by the United Nations Refugee Agency show 40 million people are displaced, another 25.4 million are refugees and there are a further 31 million people who have applied for asylum. This is truly an international crisis. 

We are bombarded with images through the media which create a blase attitude in the West, another war, another famine, we have seen it all before.


However, on 17 December 2018, the UN General Assembly agreed on a new deal for refugees, it aims to improve the international response to new and existing refugee situations. The idea is to ensure that refugees and the people hosting them receive support.[1] (UNHCR, 2018) 

 

We are now in the first quarter of 2019 and the wars, displacement, and distress continue, there has to be a worldwide solution and I hope that my sculpture will draw attention to the suffering of other human beings.   

Perhaps, one day in the future, I will be able to create a different sculpture, where we can see the rain washing away the tears of these human beings as they return to their homes. 

However, on 17 December 2018, the UN General Assembly agreed on a new deal for refugees, it aims to improve the international response to new and existing refugee situations. The idea is to ensure that refugees and the people hosting them receive support.[1] (UNHCR, 2018) 



[1]-  UNHCR, t. U. (2018). Figures at a Glance. UK: UNHCR 2001-2019. Retrieved from 

https://www.unhcr.org/uk/figures-at-a-glance.html 

Figure 1: UNHCR, UK, 2018

Figure 1: UNHCR, UK, 2018

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