Everyone has a sense that, globally, politically, we’re in a perfect storm. The sea has always been a great metaphor and my work attempts to reflect in a maritime way something of the present climate. I’m not primarily concerned with making policy statements about this or that subject as I am in the emotional undertow, and the need to hold out a hope that is higher than the high-water mark.
“We’dom the key’dom to life!” raps M.I.A. The sociologist Zygmunt Bauman makes the same point regarding so-called economic migrants and refugees: “We … need a language and critical vocabulary for a worldly condition that forces millions of its inhabitants to [be as such].” In my exhibition I included Marianne, the French republican figure, as a coda reminding us of the promise of liberté, égalité, fraternité: universal human citizenship.