I’m intrigued by the ways ancient civilizations document significant events in their history. Alas, since battles are usually the major turning point in a culture, most monuments in some way commemorate victories over rival cultures. I’m constantly surprised by how much information those ancient monuments portray. If one looks closely there are: severed hands & heads, chariots trampling the defeated, arrows hitting their mark, carrion crows and looters stripping spoils from the dead.
Soldier’s Heart is inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry, which chronicled the Norman invasion of England in 1066. Using the same three-tier structure of the tapestry, I’ve contained the major narrative within the center tier and, like the tapestry, use the top and bottom sections for details that act as commentary.
Full artist's statement available in work.
Soldier’s Heart is an edition of 40, printed on Superfine Cover & text papers using an Epson printer
French style box and fabrication by Kat Gower.
Design, artwork and text, 2014, by Mari Eckstein Gower