Saturday, March 5, 2016

Day #22 - Art for Lent: Shaun Tan's "The Station" #Lent2016

By Aaron Rosen
"The Station" (2006) by Shaun Tan | Australia. Pencil on paper from The Arrival (Hachette Children's Books, 2006)
'I have a recurring interest in notions of "belong", particularly the finding or losing to it,' reflects Tan. Half-Chinese, he grew up in Perth with a 'vague sense of separateness, an unclear notion of identify or detachment from roots, on top of that traditionally contested concept of what it is to be "Australian", or worse, "un-Australian".' Echoing the Bible (Exodus 2.22, 22.21), Tan suggests 'We might do well to think of ourselves as possible strangers in our own strange land.' [page 124]

Lent is the annual Christian preparation for Easter. "Today's Art for Lent2016" features artworks that illustrate the Christian "Battle between Carnival and Lent."