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Toni Walsh

Gosford High School

Artwork title
Diaspora
HSC year
2008
ARTEXPRESS year
2009
Expressive form
Collection of works
Artist’s statement

Diáásápoára n.
1. The dispersion of Jews outside of Israel from the sixth century BC, when they were exiled to Babylonia, until the present time.
2. A dispersion of a people from their original homeland.

My major work is a tribute to the 1.5 million children lost during the Holocaust. It is a reconciliatory gesture – an attempt to reunite the lost fragments of their fractured identity.

My work is largely symbolic. My purpose was not to blame or anger; rather, through my work I hoped to memorialise, raise awareness and caution; to try and find a little peace with this tragic past that we all, as global citizens, share.