September 2016 – February 2017

New Zealand National Army Museum



This exhibition– through my embroidery styled photorealist painted silk cards, based on those crafted by women in France and Belgium during WW1 – traces the changing relationship with family by an unnamed soldier fighting on the Somme in 1916. Paintings of imaginary and real cards forwarded to his Father, Mother, Sister and girlfriend illustrate place, time and sentiment during one of World War One’s bloodiest battles. Dedicated to his grandfathers who both fought and were wounded on the Somme, the works are an intimate recording of messages received at distance from the front, and a poignant reminder of relationships strained by the nature of the messages.

After exhibition at Artspost in Hamilton in April/May 2016, the 50 works in the show are now scheduled for exhibition at the National Army Museum in Waiouru from September 2016 to February 2017.

I am grateful for the loan by the Waikato Museum and Barry Hopkins of the ‘Mother’s suite’ to complete the narrative of the show.