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“We are waves of the same sea” quote inspires kindness artwork.

Rogue Waves 7a, a screen-print shown mounted and framed. The image is an abstract of a repeating wave pattern with colours ranging from the top from yellow, orange down through pinks and green to darker pink and mauve at the bottom. Image 2: A close-up detail of the screenprint Rogue Waves

“My work is inspired by a quote from Roman Stoic philosopher Seneca: “We are waves of the same sea”. It’s a phrase that I came across via the initial outbreak of Covid-19 when it was written on boxes of face masks delivered to Italy by the Chinese company Xiaomi. These were sent as an act of kindness to the Italian people from the Chinese company for making their staff feel welcome and at home when they opened their offices there in 2018.

In an age when politicians and media openly describe refugees and asylum seekers as “swarms”, “waves” and an “invasion”, my series of one-off screen-prints seeks to portray an alternative, kinder vision, using abstracted waves of positivity to represent a collective humanity not defined by place, origins or borders.”

This piece and associated kindness story is from James Bristow, Beanwave Editions, go and check out their other work and support small, independent artists.

This post is in collaboration with Art Can.