Acid Drop Copse “The Somme”


“A group of diverse artists who go by the name, “Acid Drop Copse” come together in an exhibition to commemorate the Battle of the Somme at Honeywood in Carshalton, Surrey from 22nd June until 31st July 2016.  The show will then transfer to the ArtMoorHouse Gallery in the City of London in November for Remembrance Day . In disciplines ranging from sculpture, metal casting, encaustic art, oil painting, print making, ceramics, floristry and contemporary jewellery, these practitioners are united by a desire to examine and reinterpret the events that began on July 1st 1916 in Picardy, when tens of thousands of ordinary volunteers trudged stoically to their deaths.”


Ingrid met up with Susan Wicks, a surviving relative of Samuel Charles Currier from Carshalton who died aged 38 at the Somme and was inspired  to make a memory box telling a very poignant story. Samuel’s daughter Eva fell in love with a toy doll, a doll that Samuel promised to buy for her, but Samuel never returned. Hearing the sad news of his death, a nurse saw Eva looking at the doll in a shop window and bought it for her. The doll still exists and Ingrid has featured it with representations of the dried forget-me-nots Samuel used to send home to his family from the battle fields of the Somme.




“Daddy’s Girl”

memory box

30 x 40


Finished works for Acid Drop Copse The Somme”



A wax montage of soldiers, photography and pewter is made after Caspar David Friedrich’s  “Wanderer above the Sea of Fog.”   Sydney Hurst stands  high above  a mound of dead toy soldiers and looks into our eyes in wonderment, forcing us to question the significance of the individual and the events that took place in this landscape.


JER_1993 copy

After Caspar David Friedrich’s “Wanderer above the Sea of Fog.”

Wax on board with toy soldiers and pewter

70 x 140 framed


Finished works for Acid Drop Copse “The Somme”

A  World War One boot embedded in wax crops entitled  “Legitimised Contempt for Individual Life” is an expression of my personal response to the raw horror of the battlefield.  A solitary body part and name tag lie alone in a burnt field, since destroyed by the ravages of war, echoing the beauty of what is no more.


“Legitimised Contempt for Individual Life”

Crops, boot, wax and tag on board

110 x 70