In 2014 I had a life changing trip to Israel/ Palestine. I have described it as a week where I have never sworn or cried so much in my life.
On returning I knew I had to create some art as a response. So much of my art is about the problems and solutions of being human and a resident of this fragile planet. While in the West Bank I saw a lot of problems, but the solutions are not easy to find.
So my humorous response was to rename the area U.T.O.P.I.A. (United Territories of Palestine Israel and America) Realising that this is an issue that America is deeply entangled in, so therefore needs to be part of the solution. A friend who does a lot of diplomatic work in the region quipped "Oh that's going to piss off Israel, Palestine, America and the Europeans who will want to say " Why aren't we on there?" "