Bridget Milesi


First Commission inspire by Hurricane - Rally against a social injustice

Artist Statement

In Welcome, the message is clear - everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.

Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers is a cruel and inhumane stain on our national identity. By cutting through the policies, political games, sensationalist media, societal apathy and indifference this work forges a message of resilience and desire for positive change. The desert hedgehog, serving as an international symbol of hope, stands tall. His prickles are emblematic of where he comes from, and his strength and determination to ask for more. Upon closer inspection, with more exposure, we see that they are actually soft and non-threatening. It is a humble and brave thing to ask for help. What are we afraid of? This work is made from wool, plaster, latex, expanding foam, acrylic paint, papier mache, cardboard, sherpa wool, cotton fabric, corduroy


Bridget Milesi, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Design and Production), 2018


3rd Jul 2019

 Further information

Type: First Commissions
School: Victorian College of the Arts