"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way
- things I had no words for."
Requiem for a Broken Star
In the nineteen thirties Modernist artists and writers responded to the rise of totalitarianism as portents for the eventual outcome that devastated Europe. As an echo across the years to them, this project of poem-paintings is a response and reflection.
Meanwhile I lament the broken star that is my country today. Leaving the clock of twelve stars is a partition from the other twenty-seven that gather beneath it.
Redacted sections of text from my poems are commentary about freedom of speech alluding to censored letters from soldiers in war zones. What the original poems say is now unknown so meaning is open to new interpretations.
The artwork uses two of my acrylic paintings digitally reorganized, by colour, cropping and redesign, thus diverting away from the original statements. The black and white starkness of the poems pay homage to those Modernists whose work foreshadowed the impending conflict, in vain.
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in any of the galleries
This gallery is not the entire
collection of art work. Some pieces
have been withheld for now and will be shown at a later date. This delay is due to writing commitments and Covid.
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Responses to memorials
Digital paintings - 2016
The artwork for this gallery is created from my own photographs of all the sites featured, with WWI and WWII memorabilia from my private collection
The horse with the poppy in "WWI into WWII" is a Spanish Mustang mare called Niniaistako's Sun Dancer (aka Sunny).