|Fire Plane 1 by Pam Hardman|
Pam Hardman looked at Greenham Common and it's sense of place. Her large etchings of the military bunkers overlaid with the blind embossed images of the watchtower, peace-camp posters, song sheets and traces of barbed wire were mesmerising. The blind embosses which required the viewer to catch the image in just the right angle of light were like looking back into the past, a fading memory of challenging times. Being local to the area she brings a sense of awe in the natural landscape, beautifully highlighting numerous areas and structures still remaining on the Common that speak of its chequered history.
Andrea Hasler jolts you back to the hard facts and cruelties of war through her sculptural pieces created in deceivingly feminine pink tones. Three wax figures stand in the first gallery combining aspects of nuclear explosions and human suffering, a historical statement of the casualties of war. But turn the corner to what seems like peaceful representations of the tents, so identifiable to the protests at Greenham Common, to be confronted with a putrid, visceral outpouring of emotion, I felt ill. I'm not sure if it was intended or a by-product of the work having been in place for almost 2 months but there was a surface slime, beads of sweat running down the sides and the trail of red 'blood-like' liquid had been stepped in creating traces of foot prints trailing away. Very powerful work.
|Matriarch by Andrea Hasler|
'Embrace The Base' runs until 11th April at New Greenham Arts, Newbury.