55 x 70cm
oil and acrylic on canvas
These four works were inspired by a book by Vivian Pham, called “The Coconut Children”. A story
beginning with the perils of the boat people and refugee families navigating their new life, faced
with isolation, loneliness and many other challenges. It was a great starting point for this collection
of work. Its main character, a teenage girl, burdened with tragedy from her family’s epic voyage.
She was the “innocent” in the story. In “Passage”, I wanted to express her vulnerability as she is buffeted through adolescence.