As part of Back From the Front: Art, Memory and the Aftermath of War the RWA are working in partnership with Bristol 2014 to schedule a series of exhibitions, featuring responses from artists, writers, architects and composers to the themes of commemoration and memorialisation.
Re-membering I (10 August – 31 August) and Remembering II (4 – 25 September 2014) will feature new work especially commissioned by Bristol 2014 thanks to investment by Arts Council England. Featured participants include Shawn Sobers, Angus Fraser, Paul Gough, Elena Marco, Hanne Rysgaard, Anton Goldenstein and Diana Beltran Herrera.
Remembering II (4 – 25 September 2014) explores memory through a rich tapestry of mediums, examining the integral relationship between memorials and materiality. Columbian artist Diana Beltran Herrera manipulates the ephemerality of paper, transforming the traditional commemorative wreath into a work of art. Whereas Paul Gough utilises the fabric of paper as the foundation for mark-making in chalk and pastel in his ‘Stoneology Series’ of drawings. Architect and UWE lecturer, Elena Marco explores the physical and philosophical framework of memorialisation through a collaborative project based on the mustard gas factory at Avonmouth. In contrast, Bristol-based ceramicist Hanne Rysgaard and fine artist Anton Goldstein have created a memorial to War Poet Rupert Brooke's last meal, which he ate on English soil in February 1915 at Avonmouth. Contemporary artist Gail Ritchie will also be showing a tree ring drawing from her beautifully rendered Memorial Series creating a metaphorical representation of lives cut short by Trauma or conflict.
Each of the artists commissioned has been tasked with “creating new work that speaks to today’s audiences” producing a fitting commemoration of local, national and international themes of conflict and commemoration.