Installation View. Graphite, tissue paper, plaster, archive box.
'An Unseen' for 'The Send Off ' Knole House, The National Trust, Sevenoaks, Kent July 28th – August 29th 2014
The exhibition showcased 18 contemporary artist’s responses to two texts. One is a contemporaneous WW1 poem by Wilfrid Owen called ‘The Send Off’, the other a response to it by the current Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy called ‘Unseen’
‘'An Unseen’ by Rosalind Barker takes its title from and responds to Carol Ann Duffy’s poem, while also reflecting on Wilfred Owens ‘The Send Off’.
Owens potential at the tender age of 25 was abruptly curtailed in the trenches during the final week of the war, he Joined the lost hundreds of thousands of British soldiers.
‘An Unseen’ represents the lost individual memories, personalities, emotions, dreams and intellects of both sexes, destroyed by the First World War and a Century of time. The artist’s thoughts were of how to make this unseen internal intangible essence of humanity physical.
Each graphite dot or circle denotes 100 British soldiers, each square 1000 creating the total loss of 660,000 men in the drawn graph. (War Office statistics 1921)