It is nearly the end of our art brief that concentrates on the First World War 1914-1918.
All that is left to do is to wait for our porcelain tiles to be fired in the kill and to paint them with the mixed media.
I started with the research in September, going through the artists research into appropriate techniques and experiments that would echo them and suit my theme of medicine and trench foot.
I have experimented with printing, photography and textiles. All in all it was a great fun.
My final outcome is a print on canvas, stretched and mounted on wooden board covered with wadding.
The peg represents the artificial limbs, wooden pegs, that those WWI soldiers who underwent amputation as the result of trench foot and/or injuries caused by explosions and fighting.
The First World War unofficially began on 28th July 1914 when the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austria-Hungary throne took place. He was killed by a Serbian student who belonged the the Black Hand group.The war was centered on fights between the Austria Hungary, Germany, Italy vs Russia, France and Britain. It was in the later years when the US and other countries joined in the conflict.
Germany launched the Schlieffen Plan in hopes of quickly conquering France by traveling through the neutral Belgium before the Russian forces would have a chance to prepare.
The most famous battles that took place were: The Battle of Tannenberg (17 August – 2 September 1914); The First BAttle of the Marne (5–12 September 1914); Attack at Verdun (France); Second and the Third Battle of the Ypres and the Battle of the Somme (July to November 1916).
On the 4th November 1918 the Austrio-Hungary empire agreed to sign the armistice, which took place on the 11th November 1918.
(France, Russia, Britain)
The Central Powers
(Germany, Austria-Hungary, Italy)
So that’s it. Until next time.