Corpse Crusade, or Arguing Machines on Patriot Beach

2014. Drawing, pen on paper. 164cm x 134cm.

 

The nature of human beings is reflected clearly and shamefully through histories most gruelling periods. We, as a species, continuously flood our isolated alliances with tools to kill, maim and murder. These tools are not just machines, but extensions of our cruelty and malice. Corpse Crusade is a testament  to this modern ability to destroy and slaughter. It is not a protest, nor an objection, it presents a simple question; "why do we fight". For over two thousand years humankind has fought against itself and each time it has become bloodier. Our nature to squabble and argue is a reason to fear ourselves and the machines we create. While elements of fiction overtake any historical accuracy, this artwork depicts an invasion that never happened. This alternative event suggests an opposite D-Day, a German D-Day that would have taken place in September 1940 and landing on Great Britain's coastline. Being a part of a generation mostly untouched by war or conflict on a personal level, it is important that periods such as this are never sensitised.  When naivety played a bigger role than weapons or machines, making sure this never unfolds on humanity again should be of utter most importance.

Was in the Churchie National Emerging Art Prize.