Yezidi – Young Boy
In the fall of 2015, I decided to try to do something to help the Yezidi people who were being massacred, enslaved and tortured by the ISIS terrorist, without much people being aware of the nightmare their were going through.
I went to work. I thought mosaics of the eyes of the refugees would be the best way to get the world’s attention. After all, everybody remember the eyes of the young Afghan girl who made the cover of National Geogrpahic in the 80’s.
The eyes are the mirror of the Soul, I wanted to capture the soul of thee people, to share them with the world so people would become aware that the kind of things which happened 70 years ago in Germany can still happen today – in any country – if we do not pay attention.
I built 8 mosaics, the eyes of 6 Yezidi people. 5 children, 1 young woman, a soldier fighting back for her people.
Yezidi 21 is a portrait of a young boy, probably between 9 and 11 years old.
Again, it is interesting to realize how the stereotype we have of each other are inaccurate. Although from the Middle East, Yezidi people, who claim the Assyrians as their ancestors count many many blue eyed individuals.
Because I wanted these mosaics to be really special, I came up with a new technique, I called it “Opus Pixellatum”. I had been thinking about it for a while, but decided to give it a try, To my knowledge, nobody makes mosaics in this way, and the result is stunning.
I will donate 50 % of the profit of the sale of these mosaics to the Free Yezidi Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping the Yezidi People.