In this exhibition Martin Waters reflects on the past and present horrors of war. He examines our shared notions of remembrance and our need for recollection and commemoration.
Born in post-war Hull during the 1950s, Martin’s initial impressions were shaped by his father who saw active service in WWII. He recalled the Normandy Landings that had been vital to the defeat of the Nazis but came at great human cost. Stirred by his father’s memories, Martin became increasingly interested in the effects of conflict, not only on those actively involved but also those left behind to grieve and remember.
The red poppy, which features largely in Martin’s work, is a potent symbol of remembrance. It naturally flourishes in disturbed earth. The fields of Flanders were heavily bombarded during the First World War and when hostilities ceased the red poppies grew in the war-torn earth. Consequently the flower became associated with lives lost in battle. Much of Martin’s work is created from found objects discovered walking on the beaches of East Yorkshire.
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