On a cold and bleak day as I looked out of the window of my studio to an adjacent field of darkened and ploughed earth, I saw that it was inhabited by several family groups of ravens. With a medley of raucous noise they squabbled over invisible scraps.
In Germanic and Norse mythology, Odin, the ruler of Asgard is associated with war, battle, victory and death. His familiars and messengers of war took the form of two ravens, Huginn (Thought) and Munnin (Memory). These scavengers searched the fields of battle in raven form, sifting through the dead for those who had fought bravely. These brave combatants were brought back to Odin.
This was the inspiration for the work exhibited at the 2014 Artel exhibition in Chicester, RAW; a reflection on World War 1