“Voice” Protest Print Series (2012-2014)

The “Voice” print series celebrates the right of free speech, to have an opinion, argue a point of view, protest for a cause or simply to seek freedom and liberty. Most of the pieces have been treated with serious intent and strive to reveal symbols of struggle and resistance. The works generally reflect the artistic philosophies of the pop and punk genres that may be seen as transient, edgy, gimmicky and anti-authoritarian. Most works are produced with solar plates and have been overworked with colourful rollups, chine-colle and collage applications adopting the instant media of photocopies combined with spray stencilling and hand drawing.

A common approach in the works is to use contrasting images of famous and infamous political figures and offset these with popular figures from the creative arts, most notably musicians who often use their music as a vehicle of protest. Here we see the juxtaposition of John Lennon and the Black Panther Party, Martin Luther King Jnr with Bob Dylan, Pol Pot and the Sex Pistols, and more contemporary figures of Julian Assange and Malala Yousafzai.

In total there are more than 50 prints that have been produced in the series. A selection of the work was first exhibited at MG Gallery, Scarborough, NSW in 2014.