It began when I was with a couple of my friends at Wrexham Art Gallery. As we were heading out, the three of us picked up a leaflet for Aesthetica's competition and I was tempted to enter. After finishing my Art Foundation diploma (yes I had a very busy art related summer!), I decided on a piece that was relavant to recent event(s). I then made the decision to base the piece on how events over the past year or so (such as the Haitian and Pakistan earthquakes) have caused life to be so much harder for the people involved, especially children and young adults. Of course, once disaster strikes, the media are there like a shot. But once the media has hyped down, places such as Haiti are forgotten.
That's why the child's toy is used like a cage, as a way to show that the people of the Haitian and Pakistan earthquakes have been hidden from public view and that life goes on for the rest of the world. On the other hand, you may notice the shapes resemble a red cross (medical), a sack of rice and a bottle of water (food and drink aid). This is a reference to the earlier problems during the AID effort in Haiti, when little AID was going to those who need it.
As for the competition, over 4,000 or so entries were sent (each of them of an outstanding quality) with only 96 artists, designers and writers being successful. Unfortunately, this piece didn't make the final 96. But I'm so proud of what I've achieved, that I am posting it regardless.
I do hope you appreciate it, as much I have enjoyed creating it.