THE OFFICIAL VERSION – 1985-1990
Following the period walking and drawing along the old front line of the Somme battle I researched material for a book, as well as making painted reliefs. Interviewing three survivors from one battalion, reading the letters of many more and working in libraries and archives, I was impressed by the difference between the men who were there, serving in the front line (symbolised by the small pocket notebooks that many volunteers carried into battle) and the bland over-optimistic and luxuriously bound official volumes. While preserving the notebooks, the chalk and the debris, I transmuted the official volumes into bronze. Bronze is the medium of war-memorials, ministry door handles, the symbol of timeless officialdom and power.