Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Greenwich 4: Rozanne Hawksley at the Queen's House

We were moved by textile artist Roszanne Hawksley's installation to commemorate the beginning of the First World War. Spread over 4 rooms in the Queen's House, the pieces deal with the meaning of commemoration and memoralization.
Let's begin with a "sweetheart token" pincushion with bird bones and a blind cupid.
A hand-sewn body bag for burials at sea.
For Alice Hunter, 2003 refers to Hawksley's widowed grandmother who made a living sewing sailors' collars from the First til the 2nd world war.
A poignant Memorial wreath of military gloves.
Included in Hawksley's installation are 3 portraits of stoic, war-experienced sailors by war artist, Eric Kennington.
A final "sweetheart token" pincushion. Rozanne Hawksley's installation is on until November 1st, 2014.

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