A Story of Their Own: Bay One
Bay One begins the narrative of the refugees in A Story of Their Own. It shows a shadow man entering the bay from the left to join the moving procession of figures. The large faces of the children remind us of the humanity of the anonymous shadow figures. This bay is 10' high and 13' wide.
Bay one: Close-up of Boy's face
This image shows the fragmented face of the young boy achievedby the use of charcoal and chalk mixed with water and paint.
A Story of Their Own: Panorama
This images shows the full 43' of the mural.
Bay 2: Young Girl and Shadow Figures
This image shows a young girl with the imprint of shadow figures on her face and body.
A Story of Their Own: Bay 2
Bay 2 continues of the narrative begun in Bay 1. The large faces are impossible to ignore. The figures in this bay represent the refugees on their trek through Europe but could also be construed as all of us walking by the faces , ignoring their horrific plight. The overall size of Bay 2 is 10' high x 17' long.
A Story of Their Own: Bay Three
Bay 3 centers on one young man's face. The dark, deep gashes of charcoal represent his shattered life and the diagonal lines suggests the rupture in his life's trajectory. The exit of the two shadow men on the right signals the end of the mural's narrative. Bay 3 is 10' high x 13' wide.
Bay 3: Close-up of Young Man's Face
This image shows a fragment of a distraught Young Man's face, revealing the anguish detailed by the gestures of chalk and charcoal.
A Story of Their Own: Refugees in Crisis
A Story of Their Own: Refugees in Crisis was constructed at SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta, NY in early 2016. The mural spans 3 bays and is 10' high x 43' long, made up of charcoal, chalk and paint on wall.
Drawings of actual refugees’ faces inform us that the shadow figures in the mural are not shadows at all. They represent flesh and blood people, each with a unique migration story of suffering and loss.