Petards

 

 

Petards – 2012
Sand-cast lead, solder
75 x 75 mm

Personal arsenal – hand crafted projectiles (not fully realised to date).

“There’s letters seal’d: and my two schoolfellows,
Whom I will trust as I will adders fang’d,
They bear the mandate; they must sweep my way
And marshal me to knavery. Let it work;
For ’tis the sport to have the enginer
Hoist with his own petar; and ‘t shall go hard
But I will delve one yard below their mines
And blow them at the moon: O, ’tis most sweet,
When in one line two crafts directly meet.”

Hamlet ( iii. iv. 207)

The Somme 2016, Part I, Acid Drop Copse Collective, Honeywood Museum, Carshalton.  Work selected concerned making & destruction, creation & obliteration – metaphors perhaps for the fruitless actions and radical failures of this battle.