2012, Oil on Linen, 100 x 100cm
The last 50 years have seen some of the great injustices of the past redressed in the form of the attainment of political rights and equality.
From the America’s Voting Rights Act of 1965, which build upon the rights granted a century earlier with the Emancipation Proclamation’s abolition of slavery; through Australia’s landmark 1967 referendum allowingAborigines the right to vote; the 1992 Mabo Case which overturned the concept of terra nullius; to 1994’s the end of South African apartheid, the achievements have resonated the world over.
Despite the tireless efforts of humanitarians on a global scale, vestiges of discrimination and oppression still exist. Although more than two hundred years old, the line from Wedgwood’s deceptively simple cameo, “Am I Not a Man And a Brother?” remains just as relevant to this day.
The hope is that there will be a time when the staircase forward is build upon solid foundations and the rights of all mankind are enshrined in law.