The Soldier is a free-standing tower constructed with salvaged wood. Within it are lots of found and treasured objects. It was made during the first Covid 19 lockdown. I spent a lot of time thinking about my parents' generation and how they had hoped and fought for a new future after WWII. That there were comparisons to what we were going through and the period toward the end of the war. Everyone I knew was hoping for a dramatic change after the pandemic. Fewer planes and cars, people before profit and a huge pay rise for NHS workers and other carers. I felt it was probably a similar feeling my parents' generation had after they had been through six years of war. Inside the sculpture are many photographs of my father and grandfathers in uniform, hence the Soldier's title. My mother and her friends were in the Women’s Airforce, and their pictures and mum’s souvenirs also inhabit the piece. For my mum, the war was the happiest time of her life. Previously she had been in domestic service, and the war opened up new possibilities for her, a useful job and camaraderie. With the piece, I am also exploring our modern-day nostalgia. I use magnifying glasses that distort objects and images just as our memories of the past can be distorted.
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