Portrait: Jimmy Blue [migrant]
Jimmy Blue acts as a visual metaphor for the turbulence and affect that migration has on individual and national identity structures. Borrowing from a personal experience of migration, the portrait has been constructed mnemonically, illustrating the transitory nature of the migratory experience. Located within an Australian cultural context, the portrait raises through gesture and colour the question: ‘Who Do You Belong To?’
As a contemporary global phenomenon, migration tracks the mass movement of people over border-states and leaves many displaced. Jimmy Blue references the outsider, the disputed other whose rootlessness is a reminder of our fragility and how the everyday experience of migration can leave us emotionally discordant.
Constructed ‘a la prima’ the portrait demonstrates the immediacy and action of finding form through embodied memory. As a sign of recognition the image engages the individual viewer through a collaborative lens. In doing so, the gaze, etched with faded hope challenges our collective and cultural psyche.
[Annemarie Murland, August 2015]