Created in Conflict: British Soldier Art from the Crimean War to Today, Group Exhibition, 2018
Compton Verney, Warwickshire, United Kingdom
An exhibition of artworks resulting from collaborations between contemporary artists and veteran soldiers that explores issues raised by war including ways of keeping in touch with home, patriotism and treatment of veterans.
As a result of working with soldiers in rehabilitation centres Susan made 'Peace Maker'. Using patchwork to combine hopeful narratives of recovery with painful stories of veterans' war and post-war experiences, 'Peace Maker' incorporates panels of art produced by soldiers, including the screen printed centrepiece by Michael Crossan. The double-sided design of the work evokes regimental banners, and the choice of used army blankets connects the quilt to a long history of reusing uniforms in military patchwork. Created in partnership with the National Army Museum, this exhibition showcases the incredible resourcefulness and diversity of artwork made by British Armed Forces personnel. With important loans from the V&A, the Imperial War Museum, and the Museum of Military Medicine, the exhibition features a rich variety of resonant items including tankards made by soldiers in the trenches during World War I, game pieces carved by Prisoners of War during World War II, and toys and quilts made by convalescing soldiers and artists. There is an accompanying illustrated catalogue with texts by Professor Steven Parissien & Holly Furneaux.