THE LAST GARDENER OF ALEPPO

Mixed Media

EMULSION, SAND, TURPENTINE, INKS, DRIED FLOWERS , CONCRETE, DRIED GRASS, COLLAGE,OILS, ENAMELS, CRUSHED LEAVES, SHELLAC ON CANVAS

100 X 120 CM

Named after and in honour of the amazing man killed in Aleppo who inspired me to tell his tragic story after it was shown on Channel 4 news. He maintained a garden throughout the bombing of Aleppo believing he had to maintain something good in his land, He was later killed by a Russian bomb and his story left me in tears .His young son was left with nothing. The utter futility of war where innocents suffer.
The concrete used symbolises the destroyed buildings interspersed with scattered flowers, plants.
This piece is not just about war but also about our view in the West of refugees – would you not want your family safe? Would you not want to be shown humanity and compassion when in need as opposed to the rhetoric of hate?.