Le Grande-Père (My Grandfather remembers 1915)
Oil on linen
60 x 50cm
The camera has shaped not only my memories of my grandfather but has been also a prism within which to view the history and experiences of his time in WW1. Despite the shattering effect this time had upon his health and memories, he was the most generous and compassionate man in my family. Whenever I see the photo of the young and innocent eighteen-year old in uniform and know what the following three years held I feel very moved.
My painting is a felt memory of another time, of a young man leaving his known world and his capacity for transcendence, despite all the adversity faced. The iconic symbol of a camera is like a magic box for me, mixing all these ingredients and feelings into one moment.