faceless 2014 – 2018
Statistics are an impersonal way to document slaughter. But the bodies of over three fifths of the combined casualties of the 1st World War still have not been found. This forgotten waste is memorialised in translucent shirts, impacted by a single bullet, the destruction spreading from the point of impact - a representation of the implications for the individual, his family and wider society.
Not only have we forgotten in our everyday lives the implication of what life might be like if we had lost the twentieth century World Wars; but also the hard won ‘right to vote’ as recognition to women, after the 1st World War, for their endeavours in keeping the country running while a whole generation of their men went off to die. We tend now to overlook sacrifice, loyalty, bravery and duty which was honoured in previous generations. Today soldiers still go to war to protect us, kill or be killed. Yet the public are reticent and prefer to disclaim any involvement. Though we are involved, we are all accomplices to the firing on populations, the bombing and the patrolling to maintain peace. We elect to be co-conspirators by our decision not to use our democratic right to vote, to influence or get involved. All of these rights have been won for us at a considerable human loss by the endeavours of our forces safe guarding our way of life over the last century.
2015 In the Dock – University of Kent, Old Dockyard, Chatham
By Means of … - Arts Forum, Hastings
2014 Snakes & Ladders – Horsebridge Gallery, Whitstable