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.