Cecile O’Doherty

Albany Senior High School

Year 11

acrylic on canvas

51 x 76 x 1.5 cm

With the absence of people, new inhabitants flourish, claiming this place as their own. My piece displays the effect people have on place, for what is a home without a family or a cathedral without worshippers. However, the abandonment of this place has led to new beings bringing colour, fertility, passion and life. The vibrancy of the red (inspired by Shaun Tan’s use of the colour) against the bland greys emphasises this idea. This place, once left desolate, has been claimed by nature and all its lively creatures, inhabited and made home.

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