I immediately felt a sense of respect for Sue Reeves’ preliminary painting which seemed highly relevant to the world situation. I wanted to honour both political and personal responses to the outreaching hand. Do we respond with hope and love or by fear or denial? How easily it could be anyone of us as a victim of aggression in world politics. It is so easy to let fear stop us from our humanitarian nature.
“The Neutral Zone”, my response piece, is a combination of the strong horizon, the dilemma facing women today and the polarity of opposing views. All of these concepts were questioned during my inspirational paper collaboration with Ron. “The Neutral Zone” is a metaphor that guides the composition of this piece. The wall between the canvases represents the blue line. The white stripe separates view points. It is the red line. Under the ice, under the water, under the horizon a female figure watches her back. Once she had a clear view to the horizon, now she is not so sure.