Leesa Kwok

Accession Number AWM2016.574.1
Collection type Art
Measurement Unframed: 265 x 202 cm x 4
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas
Maker Quilty, Ben
Quilty, Ben
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Mittagong
Date made 2016
Conflict Afghanistan, 2001-2021
Period 2010-2019

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Leesa Kwok’s husband James Tanner served in East Timor in 2004, Iraq in 2006, and Afghanistan in 2007 and 2010. He now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. Leesa has been open about her struggle and that of the family—including the children—while facing PTSD as a part of their life.

Quilty wanted the portrait to express how Leesa and her family continue to live with the consequences of her husband’s service. PTSD and its effects are an intense, constant presence in her life which does not subside.

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