Family commemoration commissions

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My personal tribute to Sydney Hurst, my great uncle, is a small casket, which distills all the information I managed to amass from the fragments of his short life. Photos of his own relatives and his male descendants, Peter, Richard, William, Dan and Boris who only knew him from two surviving photos.  A map shows the exact location of his death, from where he was exhumed before being laid to rest in the London Cemetery, at Neuville-Vitasse and phials of blood and soil hang down to represent his death by a piece of shrapnel through the heart.  It features a toy plastic heart, metal soldiers and my only piece of actual memorabilia, Sydney’s medal.  References to roses echo his job maintaining the local park and his love of gardening and the coal is a good luck talisman taken to battle by many soldiers. Works for family commemorations made to commission.

 

 

 

 

Final works for the Somme: mixed media

 

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“Women of Britain say “Go””

oil and sewn canvas

100 x 80

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“Coming back is harder”

oil and sewn canvas

100 x 80

Acid Drop Copse final works

 

“My personal tribute to Sydney Hurst is a small casket, which distills all the information I managed to amass from the fragments of his short life. Photos of his own relatives and his male descendants, Peter, William, Dan and Boris who only knew him from two surviving photos. A map shows the exact location of his death, from where he was exhumed before being laid to rest in the London Cemetery, at Neuville-Vitasse and phials of blood and soil hang down to represent his death by a piece of shrapnel through the heart. It features a toy plastic heart, metal soldiers and my only piece of actual memorabilia, Sydney’s medal. References to roses echo his job maintaining the local park and his love of gardening and the coal is a good luck talisman taken to battle by many soldiers.”

 

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Ingrid Barber

“Danke schoen”

Box and objects under glass

30 x 46

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

110 x 70

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’

The Somme: “Sitting Target” (90 x 90cm collage on board, set in resin)

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