PBJ Treglown ’16 – ’16
Nineteen sixteen to two thousand and sixteen is a century in which humanity has waged war upon itself on an unimaginable scale of trauma and waste.
The world war of nineteen fourteen to nineteen eighteen combined technology and industry to create what was termed at Verdun ‘ the meat grinder’. Today, conflicts are ever present, from the ruins of Aleppo to car bombs in Baghdad to random acts of violence in major European cities. Maybe, if instead of being at war with each other we were at war with war we would have peace and prosperity for all.
The works in this exhibition explore parallels between past and present conflicts and the militarisation of civilian life which began in earnest during the First World War and continues today with the surveillance culture of the ‘war on terror’. War memorials and monuments are referred to and examined in the sculpture and installation pieces by the form of an ‘anti-monument; the mass of life and material subsumed and re-purposed by the meat grinder of modern conflict.
Certainly this is a Paradise, Lost.
‘ Did I request thee maker, from my clay
To mould me man? Did I solicit thee
From darkness to promote me? ‘