‘MARTIN WATERS (b. Hull, 1955) first showed at Dean Clough during his tenure as the official artist at Spurn Point – when his work, based on found pieces, excited much comment and acclaim. He returns with this extensive show of installations and ‘tar paintings’ that reflect on the horrors of war and which examine our shared notions of remembrance and the need for commemoration.
While the installation of ceramic poppies at the Tower of London might have excited the media in 2014, Martin’s own use of poppies in his work began long ago when he discovered poppy wreaths that had been washed up on the shores of Spurn Point. His initial installations that contemplated the effects of conflict – not only on the participants but also on their friends and relatives – were actually inspired by his father’s memories of the Normandy Landings.
Inevitably the ongoing centennial of ‘The Great War’ has led to an extension of Martin’s practice, with travels to memorial sites around the world and donations of war relics and associated stories. It would be hard to imagine a more suitable or welcome candidate to mark Dean Clough’s participation in the national series of commemorative events’.
The preview of In Memoriam: Reflections on War is on the 17th January 2015 noon-2pm. Refreshments will be provided, no RSVP needed, all welcome, we hope to see you there!