Winner of the Visitors' award.
I grew up with white privilege; looking like everyone else on our suburban housing estate. But like many families, that is not quite so - my paternal Grandmother was a holocaust survivor, a heavily accented German Jewish refugee. Her family were dispersed, driven to despair and murdered in Nazi Germany. Recent world politics and the xenophobia that Brexit has unleashed have shaken the refugee blood in me and compelled me to explore my family’s history and its influence on my identity.
The figure is a traditional leaded stained glass panel; stained glass has been used for centuries to commemorate the dead and the big events of history and this is my modest addition to this canon. Each piece of glass has been hand painted and fired in the kiln and then made up using traditional leading techniques.
This artwork is a quiet request to the viewer to contemplate our shared history and maybe to accept the simple fact that somewhere in every British family tree there is an immigrant or refugee.
Reproduced with kind permission of Amy McCarthy
Copyright ©Amy McCarthy
Research Theme: Identities and Beliefs
A World Without