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.

 

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“Daddy’s Girl”

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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.

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“Legitimised Contempt for Individual Life”

Crops, boot, wax and tag on board

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New Project : Commemoration of the Battle of the Somme for July 2016

A summer of silence and research.  Now the work begins for a group exhibition at Honeywood from 22nd June until 31st July 2016.

 

Honeywood Museum    www.friendsofhoneywood.co.uk/

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Commemoration : from the verb commemorare, ‘bring to remembrance’

Surrey Artists’ Open Studios 6 -21 June 2015: Come and see my studio!

Details of opening hours below, unfortunately I will be closed 19,20,2I, due to exhibition in Minden Germany.  Apologies.

 I am Surrey East, studio 27.  http://www.surreyopenstudios.org.uk/ 

 

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Waterloo 200: “The other side of the hill” Ingrid Barber 2015

 

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“All the business of war, and indeed all the business of life, is to endeavour to find out what you don’t know by what you do; that’s what I called “guessing what was at the other side of the hill.”

The speeches of the Duke of Wellington

copyright Ingrid Barber 2015