Pale Armistice

Rozanne Hawksley at the Imperial War Museum North, Manchester

Pale Armistice a work by Rozanne Hawkley commissioned the Imperial War Museum, London. Pale Armistice a wreath made of white fabric and  leather gloves, representative of all ages, gender and  classes. Three white arum lilies are held to the wreath by small bleached bones. The inspiration most certainly was the aftermath of the Second World War and how fragile peace as well as her experiences of growing-up in the garrison-port town of Portsmouth.  It was there where she was surrounded by First World War human remnants and listened to first-hand accounts of her relatives.  This quiet wreath conveys loss and mourning and has become Hawksley most iconic work. To the present day her composition is a reminder of an uncomfortable truth and touches many individuals.
©Renée Pfister


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