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Beyond Division
Beyond Division
Beyond Division Gallery: Paintings on Canvas *NEW* Description: A state of procrastination about this work sat heavily on my shoulders for some time before I could commence the process. The concept encompasses the history of Townsville where nameless graves litter the outskirts of the West End Cemetery – the last resting place of indigenous people on the lowest level of the social strata. My experience of this place as Deb and I walked up the base of Castle Hill was one of sadness at the social division and the pain of isolation. However, it was not long before the Anzac Day commemorations loomed and it seemed to put me in a mindset to be able to do justice to this painting. My Dad was a highly-decorated pilot in the second World War so we always had a serious day of remembrance on this day. The memories and emotions that arose to acknowledge those who had gone before us on Anzac Day became the essence and trigger for this art-work to begin. The emotional experience was transferred to and included the Aboriginal diggers who were not acknowledged when they returned home from war. The work developed as I listened to the Anzac Day service on the radio. As my thoughts focused on the injustice experienced by these peoples, my emotions and tears ran freely. This painting is not only in honour of the Indigenous people whose spirits rest in the base of Castle Hill, it is also in recognition and honour of the courage and life of the Indigenous diggers and the fact they also gave their life so all we Australians could live in peace.
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