Ballistic Globes | Sand Cast Lead | 8.5×8.5cm | 2015
The Violent Act //
The objects selected for The Somme exhibition concern making & destruction, creation & obliteration – metaphors perhaps for the fruitless actions and radical failures of this battle.
The work on show forms part of a series exploring the elusive but enduring status of objects and thingness, through an indexical link to the dual conditioning agents of making and materiality.
Ballistic Box | Sand Cast Lead | 5x7x10cm | 2015
His wild heart beats with painful sobs,
His strin’d hands clench an ice-cold rifle,
His aching jaws grip a hot parch’d tongue,
His wide eyes search unconsciously.
He cannot shriek.
Dribbles down his shapeless jacket.
I saw him stab
And stab again
A well-killed Boche.
This is the happy warrior,
This is he…
The Happy Warrior | Sir Herbert Read