Silent Voices

Art project and exhibition with three other women meeting monthly over one year, giving each other creative feedback and encouragement while exploring and developing our own ideas around the theme Silent Voices through painting, photography, textiles and writing, resulting in an exhibition in Eindhoven, Netherlands, as part of a city-wide arts event.


One of my paintings, ’25 Censored Lives’, is now permanently exhibited in the Amnesty International Head Office in Amsterdam.

For information on the paintings and the issues they are highlighting see below:

4,000 Farmers of Maharashtra
acrylic & watercolour on canvas 100x100cm

Approximately 4,000 Indian farmers in Maharashtra ended their lives every year between 2004-2013 due to being heavily in debt, brought on by rising costs of production and falling prices they received for their crops. Previous methods of using saved seeds have been replaced with having to buy GM seeds every year at higher prices from Western companies, driving them to suicide.

This painting was inspired by traditional block printing, with the 4,000 golden seeds in memory of the farmers who died during the year of this project.

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The Real Price of Chocolate
acrylic & watercolour on canvas 100x100cm

Sixteen years ago the biggest chocolate companies promised to get rid of child trafficking in the cocoa industry. Sixteen years have earned the cocoa industry over £1200 billion, with only a fraction invested into improving working conditions.

In buying a product you endorse it and the methods of production, so use your consumer voice to bring about change and only buy Fairtrade, Rainforest or Utz Certified cocoa products.

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Twenty Five Censored Lives
acrylic/watercolour/lettraset/pencil/graphite on canvas 100x100cm

Countless people are silenced for standing up for their rights. Choose to take action for these individuals at risk and challenge the practices that lead to human rights violations, where justice, freedom and truth are denied.

This painting is in honour of just 25 of those brave individuals around the world, named by Amnesty International, whose voices were silenced during the year of this project - Aasia Bibi, Adnan Hajizade, Ai Weiwei, Aleksandr Rafalsky, Bernardo Rios Londono, Emin Abdullayev, Gertrude Hambira, Hu Mingfen, Isroil Kholdorov, Jackson Maina Kihato, Johan Teterissa, Khun Bedu, Khun Dee De, Khun Kawrio, Ko Mya Aye, Le Thi Congnhan, Mao Hengfeng, Nurmemet Yasin, Pa Fue Khang, Petrija Piljevic, Ramze, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, Shihab Ahmed, Thao Moua, Wen Tao and Zarganar.

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Don't Let Us Disappear
acrylic, watercolour & pencil on canvas 100x100cm

Thousands of men, women and children are trafficked across international borders every year. They disappear.Their silent suffering may include physical abuse, fear, torture and threats to families. They are trafficked into prostitution, begging, forced labour, military service, domestic service, forced illegal adoption and forced marriage. People trafficking is the fastest growing means by which people are enslaved, the fastest growing international crime and one of the largest sources of income for organised crime (generating twice as much worldwide revenue as Coca-Cola). More than one person is trafficked every minute, enough to fill ten jumbo jets every day.

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