I’ve been working on a new textile installation for a show called “The Art of Remembering” at The Rheged in Cumbria. Here are a few first images of work in progress.
The Exhibition looks at the process of remembrance and remembering and part of that process for me has been looking at my own family’s links to WWI which has led to a wider, if somewhat chaotic, exploration of the way we consider and reflect on conflict. The very ugly truths of War are bound up tightly with our collective desire to commemorate the courage of ordinary people and to give a reason to tragedy.
I had two Great Grandfathers that I know fought and lived to tell the tale, one receiving the Victoria Cross. William Brown, my Mother’s Grandfather, lost his leg to a shell at 18 years old but went on to live into his 90s, apparently never speaking about his experiences. It’s been a lot simpler to find out about my Father’s Grandfather. He was David Ferguson Hunter of the 5th Highland Light Infantry and one of the “Seven Heroes of Moeuvres”. He was painted by Neville Lewis, sculpted by Jacob Epstein and celebrated in the Boy’s Own Annual.