The Colour of Our Shadows Unite Us
Artist Statement: “The Colour of Our Shadows Unite Us”
by Debra Scidone
Simple yet symbolic, this piece encompasses a complex issue and offers the viewer a profound elucidation.
A simple childhood creation – the paper doll chain– links to our playfulness. The utilisation of multi-coloured felt symbolises our evolving genealogy and reflects society’s ability to weave us together.
The sketch-like, scorched copper wire shadows were created by burning the effigy of the paper doll figure that was once within. They portray our innate sense of unequivocal human connectedness, our link to technology, and to our future.
Subtlety suspended, the artwork creates its own shadows, forming in different intensities depending on the direction, strength and number of light sources. These shadows allude to our connection to the past and all those who influence us.
Nevertheless, the ‘colour’ of the shadow remains unchanged.
The intention was to make the artwork look child-like and naïve. We as children are united and readily hold hands with those around us. In becoming adults, we are transformed and influenced by externalities we cannot see. Thus take care in what you tell a child, they are always listening. For they, are our future.
Let us teach them about ‘The Colour of our Shadows’ and let the colour of our shadows unite us.