Between the Lines

Between the Lines

About the "Between the Lines" blog

Our latest exhibition "Between the Lines" reflects our response to the commemoration of the 1914-18 conflict.

This blog will focus on stories behind the work by the E.A.S.T artists as well as looking at other artistic and cultural commemorations around the UK that relate to WWI.

War and the natural world

Artist storiesPosted by Janette Sat, October 04, 2014 20:16:06

The theme of today is nature and landscape with the work of three EAST artists for Between the Lines -

Landscapes torn or blown apart are symbolised by pulled work in the pieces by Margaret Talbot. Margaret’s work also remembers the miners, whose job it was to tunnel under the landscapes, creating the largest non-nuclear explosion in history. The scars of the landscape, its pollution and its physical changes devastated crops and lives – it may look different one hundred years on, but the effects of war on the land can still be found.

Libby Smith was inspired by poets Edward Thomas, Edmund Blunden and Martin Newall who wrote on the theme of landscape and war. Libby also considers the importance of memory - with just a hint of red she references the poppies that have become a national symbol of remembrance.

Ellen Devall’s research uncovered many instances of how nature became a comfort to many of the men fighting in the trenches. The devastation of the natural world meant any tiny plant or small creature became comfort to many. The song of the skylark is mentioned in several letters as a symbol of hope. is a link to the BBC Radio 4 Tweet of the Day which featured the skylark on 18 February 2014.

But nature also had its darker side in war and this is not forgotten either.

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