'Sometimes', oil, acrylic & household paint on canvas, 97x97cm, 2017-19.
An over-sized strawberry cornetto advertising model casually sits on top of a brutalist German WW11 bunker referencing their strategic coastal location as well as conveying the passing of time and an alternative reality. The bunker floats idly adrift within a mariner’s navy-blue and white striped fantasy sea.
The placing of the inoffensive shiny colourful cornetto (artificially cast, like the bunkers) on top of the still-foreboding monotone-grey concrete-carcass highlights the often absurdity and unsuccessful attempts of WW11 camouflage techniques.
Isolated and dislocated from their original wartime purpose and context, they stand defeated as mere symbols of soldiery as today their only battle is with nature’s elements; the biting wind, rain or burning sun which very gradually and poetically continues to erode and disperse them into grains of sand deposited on the beach. This inevitability metaphorically undermines man’s destructive war-machine and oppression in general. This is also, however, a sad and worrying reflection of the increasingly destructive affect of man-made climate change.
And as we navigate ourselves through and past the Covid 19 Pandemic, these works can also take on the further meaning of being under a different Occupation of sorts.
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