ORAD (Aboriginal name for earth)
This sculpture is a human angel.
During a visit to Australia, I read that the Aboriginal people lived in peace with one another, even though there were over two hundred different tribes and many different languages were spoken. They lived in peace for forty thousand years until the white man came just over two hundred years ago.
The Aboriginal believe that they share the land with their ancestors who they see as still inhabiting the land and they also believe that they share the land with every animal and plant without a hierarchal structure, in harmony with nature and each other. This knowledge affected me profoundly because I began to think that genetically humans have barely changed, so living peacefully must be within our capabilities as humans.
Einstein said that 'knowledge without action is useless' and so although I do not know if there is a god, I do not believe that praying for things to change is enough. To pray to those celestial, fragile, beings called angels made me think of my own image of an angel and of all the 'angels' without wings that I knew.
My human angel is Aboriginal then, reminding me to take care of the earth and its people. He has got wings but they are not big enough to fly, they are the folded wings of a bird, the badge of his kindness. His penis is not tucked away, hidden like something to be embarrassed by, but rather proud. The future of the human race lies with him. He stands still and quiet, the colour of the earth. I bought back Aboriginal soil to mix with clay to mark him with. His wings are fragile porcelain clay.