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.
“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.
30 x 40
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.
After Caspar David Friedrich’s “Wanderer above the Sea of Fog.”
Wax on board with toy soldiers and pewter
70 x 140 framed