I submitted 2 works: the sandbag soldier 'Do Not Go Gentle' and an installation made from 60 double-sided tiles that I called '60 Trench Testimonies'. These had images and texts on one side and on the other side more images with extracts from the letters of soldiers on both sides of the Western Front. The catalogue for the show was enormously expensive and very beautiful but unfortunately the author left out all reference to 60 Trench Testimonies! It was also the only work out of 70 or so to be omitted. The news that this had happened was met with disbelief by my artist friends and still rankles but it is too late now to correct the mistake. I have dined out several times on the story!
Here are some shots of the finished 'Do Not Go Gentle' (the sandbag soldier).
And a selection of the tiles of 60 Trench Testimonies
I am hoping to find a good way of displaying the tiles in future as I intend to resubmit the work for next year's show at the Menier Gallery in June. One thought is to enclose them in perspex as a vertical 'sheet', in much the same way as Raphael's drawings on both sides of a sheet of paper were displayed at the recent Ashmolean exhibition.