14 April 2015

Labourers, Luminaries and Lieutenants Exhibition

On Friday I will be delivering artwork for an exhibition being run to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of ANZAC's Day.  A National memorial day in Australia.
ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps and is celebrated on the 25th April each year. "It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War." The Anzac's fought at Gallipoli in World War One.
It is not a glorification of war but rather remembering with respect those who died in past conflicts.

Anzac Day is remembered in various ways, from special biscuits to games of 'Two Up'..

As London remembered the loss with the red tide of ceramic poppies, Australians will be taking part in many memorial activities this year.

The college I attended is putting on an exhibition to remember the many who contributed to the nation during WW1.

My grandfather joined up in the last year of the war leaving behind my grandmother and two little boys. Fortunately he returned though his health was damaged.

My father attended this college as a young man training to be an industrial electrician.  He was not allowed to sign up for military service for WWII as he was classed as Essential Personnel and sent to keep munitions factories running among other services.

I created this artwork during my Art History classes and it has been accepted for the exhibition.
It should be an interesting and moving collection.

 The artwork shows the three generations of men in my family and their involvement in WW1 (my grandfather) WWII (my father) and Vietnam (my brother).

I will also include a pot or two or three of the herb rosemary which we use for remembrance and in particular remembrance on ANZAC Day.
the large pot was thrown on the wheel from one ball of clay - the others too but obviously not such a large ball :)


Linda Starr said...

a very poignant telling, all those who give for their country should celebrated.

Anna said...

Hi Linda
I'm quite proud of the men of my family. They are all gentle men who have done their duty at some cost to themselves.
Thanks for your words..

Linda Starr said...

I just read that smelling rosemary improves memory. ha.

Anna said...

Hi Linda
Yes there are those two aspects to using Rosemary as the symbol for Anzac Day.. remembering the men who died with Rosemary which enhances memory :)