Diaspora

This new body of work is devoted to portraying experiences related to the dispersion of a people from their home country. The inspiration comes from my parents’ flight from Estonia in the 1940s to escape the brutal USSR regime that was occupying their land. Their wartime escape to Sweden eventually brought them to Canada. They lost their home, but by leaving they gained hope of greater safety, freedom and opportunity. However they also faced the challenges of adapting to a new language and culture. Their story mirrors that of others throughout history, the present and the future.

The paintings employ flag colours from Estonia, the USSR, Sweden and the Canadian Red Ensign and Maple Leaf as symbols of their story of interruption of life, fear, sadness and hope, and of my experience as a member of the next generation.

Diaspora I, 2019, Acrylic on Canvas, 36″w x 30″h
Diaspora II, 2019 Acrylic on Canvas, 30″ x 30″
Diaspora III, 2019 Acrylic on Canvas, 30″ x 30″
Diaspora IV, 2020 Acrylic on Canvas, 36″w x 30″h