This little book is made from one of the pages I made for the 'Pieces for Peace' exhibition in Brussels in 2014 though it is completely reworked into a small folded format. I made a little box for the book and realised that although it housed a rather dramatic little book, the cover itself looked quite 'pretty'. This led me to start thinking about how war is often packaged in different ways, presented to us in different guises, concealed, ignored even tolerated. Expected.
I rarely visit this arena in my artwork as it makes me so irate and then I become artistically crippled. I do so admire people who can tackle weighty issues in their artwork, and in their writing .... my comfort is back in the landscape where I find nature heals all wounds and restores us.
Anzac Day is next week and at this time of year I find myself thinking about all our men and women who have lost lives through war. Then I begin to think about all those who have lost lives in their own homes as part of domestic violence. How can we hope for peace in the world when there is so much violence close to home. Dismal thoughts ..... and this is why I usually avoid making this sort of book.
The imagery really speaks for itself. Death and crosses. Row upon row. More on this next week!