THE LAMENT OF WOMEN is the latest in my series of art commemorating the people, places and events of WWI a hundred years on. This painting is 60 x 60cm in acrylics, metallics and fine glitters on canvas.
In 2016 I was incredibly privileged to meet a lady aged 101 who participated in making a poppy for the Installation THE SKY OF POPPIES that was created to commemorate the Battle of the Somme in 1916. Her husband who was 18 years older than her, was gassed at the Somme and died of the consequences after the war but prematurely due to the affects of the gas. She had been without him for many years and we were both in tears as she told me about him. Ever since I have thought of the way women responded to losing so many of the men in their lives during that horrific war.
THE LAMENT OF WOMEN
The lament of women haunted by their eyes
The fatality of their men a generation gone
Fathers, sons, husbands, a brother so many taken ahead of time
leaving broken hearts behind as futures brutally ripped apart
sorrowful hearts left with no solace, a lifetime of lost love
Too many hearts anguished forever with remembrance only and no man to behold.