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Somme/Silk Road

David Woodings

22 April 2016 - 30 May 2016

Free entry

Embroidery-styled painted silk cards, based on those crafted by women in France and Belgium during WW1, trace the changing relationship with family by an unnamed soldier fighting on the Somme in 1916.

Paintings of imaginary and real cards forwarded to the artist's father, mother, sister and girlfriend illustrate place, time and sentiment during one of World War One's bloodiest battles.

Dedicated to his grandfathers who both fought and were wounded on the Somme, the works are an intimate recording of messages received at distance from the front, and a poignant reminder of relationships strained by the nature of the messages.

Images: Stop. No Going Pass, David Woodings, 2016, oil on wood panel.



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