From the perspective of the family after the child was abducted, there is no baby in the crib in the center of the picture, and the missing person posters scattered in the room ,make the original cozy baby room reflect the sadness of the missing child’s parents.
Life is like a long, long line. When bad things happened in some poor people’s lives, I hope that a pair of scissors
appears in their lives to cut the line and stop the bad things hurting them. My painting shows that a devil claw chasing
a group of children and a woman with her baby, and a pair of giant scissors will end the human trafficking. The line
will have a new beginning.
The chefs (sellers) and diners (buyers) are enjoying the gingerbread men (victims) on the plate. With the color change of the gingerbread men and the fading decorations, they also represent the exploited body and mind.
Controlling people’s behavior should stop immediately.
The artwork named “noTrust” is a reminder of danger. People cant see anyone’s true faces, and the artwork is based on that idea. We cant see the man’s face but we have to know that we shouldnt trust anyone.
In this poster, the lion holding two children resembles both a protecting guardian and a guide who gives us the message to become concerned about fake people and human trafficking. The fox wearing a human face mask resembles the fake people and the shadow of the fox connotates the song “Shadow After Dark”. The dreadlocks hairstyle of this lion has symbolized the Reggae musicians as they are the “Messengers”. And the Rastafarian color scheme is used here to shake up Pan-Africanism in Africans’ hearts as the African counties are suffering more in this case.
I tried to portray the reality of human trafficking through tis poster. Getting passed the border may seem like a good idea for some. but once you cross it, you become a product for sale.
The narrative of this piece was to make a scene that was as uplifting and full of hope as possible, considering the very serious subject matter. Jamaica will always be a historically known country of freedom and liberation and so for this reason the narrative is one of this liberation. I wanted to include many elements that were directly related to Jamaican culture as visual metaphors for Jamaica itself and so the the national bird of Jamaica(Swallow-Tail Hummingbird) is used to be representative of the victims of trafficking. The Jamaican jungle, with its indigenous flowers are the Jamaican heart as they reach out, with extended arm-like vines pulling and breaking the cage open, taking the power away from the greyed out (shadowed) figures of oppression. Those without color. Without a soul.