I was invited to contribute a dedicated Artwork for the 2014 Commemoration Events held in May in Cassino, Italy .
This was to acknowledge the contribution of the New Zealand troops who lost their lives in the ferocious Battle of Montecassino of 1944
I travelled to Italy for the event and the depth of emotion of all of those I met on my trip and the reverence of the Commonwealth Cemetery Service is somthing that will remain with me forever .
The result is a mixed media artwork with Drawings, Paintings and Photography , which have been aged & printed or stitched onto tissue paper, canvas, acetate and handmade papers.
Each arm of the cross has a different theme
Boy - Man - Memory
The base of the cross has the details of each theme in both english and italian
Figlio (Son) - Soldato ( Soldier) - Memoria
This Artwork of Remembrance has been created in the shape of a cross with each arm representing, Boy(Son) Man(Soldier) Battle Memory and Remember.
My parents generation lived and died with the experience of WW11, watching friends and relatives leave an idyllic life in rural in New Zealand, to fight and die on foreign soil. Cassino is recalled with a particular reverence, such was the ferocity of the battle here.. The passing of the years and the inevitable impact on memory has now dimmed the finer details, but the impact on that generation, and the sense of loss extending out into the wider rural community remains a sharply vivid recollection.
I used the face of my son to represent the soldier first as a young boy and then a young man .. My son lost his life, while abroad at aged 21, a similar age to those young lives thrust into the theatre of war.
The Cenotaph in my hometown of Cambridge New Zealand was a fitting focus for ‘Remember’ as a tribute to those from the rumpled green hills of the Waikato Region destined to remain here at Cassino.
I have created this artwork in deeply respectful kinship to all those who lost someone in this war, the more research I have undertaken, the more compelled I have felt to say - YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN
Il ragazzo diventa uomo e diventa memoria
Figlio diventa Soldato diventa Memoria
The experience of creating Artwork for Remembrance continued with my work as Artist in Residence in the Academy , and the following is a Montage of some of the Projects that hold special memories