Acrylic, ink and glitter on canvas
The drone was used in protests in Northern Ireland to argue for Free, Safe, and Legal access to abortion services. I have created my own abstract version of the drone, which I have painted many times. Sometimes the drones take up the whole canvas, sometimes they hide creepily in the background of a large painting. I seem to paint the drone whenever I get angry...not just angry about Northern Irish politics, but angry about anything. For me, it has become a metaphor for rage - as someone who experiences a wide range of intense emotions. Having relocated to England to pursue art, I always find myself thinking about 'the drone' when I return home to Northern Ireland for Christmas.
Although it has negative connotations for me, it also represents community...a small but powerful community coming together to fight for women rights in Northern Ireland. I would especially love to exhibit this painting in England because, although Northern Ireland has came a long way in terms of abortion access, we are still not there yet, and we need the English people to see us, hear us, and help fight for us...we are stronger together.