Indirectly illustration can also help by bringing awareness to the trauma’s the children have suffered, by raising money, or to try to help stop, and/or help with the effects of these traumas. I haven’t yet produced any work that relates to bringing awareness of a sensitive subjects, this is something I aim to expand my work and expertise’s into. It is something I feel strongly about, having an influence over changing the future of lives in a positive way.
An artist that I love the work of is Joel Bergner, ‘an advocate for social change’. He works with public art initiatives working with people around the world with challenging times such as Syrian refugee children in refugee camps, Brazil, Mexico, Poland and many other people across the world. He draws murals exploring the social topics, using vibrant colours to break down the topic intensity, but effectively displaying the emotion and meaning within his murals. Some of the challenging life situations he works with are “incarceration, armed conflict, mental and physical disabilities, homelessness and social exclusion.” (Joel Artista) He works with the communities to build their life skills, build a stronger community and to give them a voice. He creates the murals but also involves the community to express themselves. His pieces are full of hope, and brightness touching on dark subjects. One favourite piece of mine, that not only was working with the children in Syria to help them deal with trauma, is one that will be encouragement of aspirations for the future. It is a mural of a child with a city in his hands - depicting that the children have the future in their hands, and they will be the ones who rebuild their country. His work has provided the children with skill building, expressive art therapy, hope for the future and an opportunity to see a positive. By engaging the children with his work he is providing hope, and a better future for the children - developing their skills and resilience.