Rozalie Sherwood – Textile Art – Porous Borders
This painted and stitched acrylic panel came from Sherwood’s travel to DRC in 2019 – a country disrupted by war, poverty and corruption. Sherwood’s representation of porous borders shows how DRC’s wealth is being stolen and wasted. Nine countries share its borders, with many informal border crossings, including smuggling routes. Trucks from other countries can be seen transporting the wealth from DRC’s mines towards the borders.
All this, yet most people live in want, barely able to feed themselves and their children.
In the words of Dan Snow, writing for BBC News ten years ago: ‘Limitless water, from the world’s second-largest river, the Congo, a benign climate and rich soil make it fertile; beneath the soil abundant deposits of copper, gold, diamonds, cobalt, uranium, coltan and oil are just some of the minerals that should make it one of the world’s richest countries. Instead it is the world’s most hopeless.’
Artwork title: Porous Borders
Artist name: Rozalie Sherwood
Medium: Linen, ink, thread on acrylic sheet
Weight: 300 grams