Mark Cross
Mark Cross - Contemporary Realist Artwork

DARK REEF

 
DARK REEF – 1989 – Oil on Board – 160 x 120

DARK REEF – 1989 – Oil on Board – 160 x 120

Corporate Collection, New Zealand

In 1988 we went to Niue for four months during which time the French were giving conditionally, large aid packages to the Pacific Islands against the background of New Zealand’s antagonism toward nuclear weapons testing. I saw this as an insidious infiltration, manipulation and exploitation of the naivety of the various island states. The children in their vast lagoon become the islands and weaker countries of the world and the usually harmless, but actually deadly, banded sea krait makes a most appropriate metaphor for the nuclear powers and the eight or so strongest industrialised countries that continue to manipulate and manoeuvre the rest of the world.