Acrylic + mixed media on canvas
86.5 x 86.5cm
The work is a visual elegy on war, a lament for the dead, and a commemorative composition of human sacrifice. The title ‘Mortarium’ refers to a place where substances are pounded to powder or dust.
The idea evolved from memories of photos of the dead in trenches in apocalyptic landscapes. These images brought home powerfully how young men gave their bodies and lives and what level of bravery and courage were required in such sacrifice.