The Other Side of War is an exhibition that combines portraits and small figurative drawings with large pieces from the Ruins series. It is on at the Fifty Fifty Arts Collective, 2516 Douglas St, Victoria, BC, Canada from March 10th to 25th 2017. Artist in attendance from 1-4 pm on the 18th and 19th and 25th of March
We are not accustomed to looking at German wartime society with compassion, yet when we consider children it is difficult not to do so. My work about the bombing campaign against Germany focuses on the tragedy of mothers and children bearing the cost of man-made war.
Understanding the experiences of women and children make ideas which are often used to explain and justify war: concepts of good and evil, guilt and innocence, aggressor and defender, lose their validity.
This body of work is an act of remembrance for innocent lives caught up in a storm not of their making. These drawings are analogous to searching beneath historical narrative in order to retrieve tactile fragments of human story which have been overlooked.