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Berwick Visual Arts presents Doug Jones with Border Textile Group: Ducit Amor Patriae

Ducit Amor Patriae translated as Love of My Country Guides Me (or Us) is an installation created by artist Doug Jones and Border Textile Group.

The exhibition responds to the original use of the Gymnasium Gallery as a place for military training. It reflects on the experiences of soldiers who used it on a daily basis and lived in the nearby Berwick barracks.

Sixty figures, carved from wood and suspended on fitness swings, create a dense and poignant landscape of human activity and shadows. The mass of the soldiers is divided into three individual regiments identifiable by different colours of military fitness costumes. A group dressed as generals alludes to the hierarchy of individuals within an army while nurses and priests reflect on the human cost of war.

Jones has worked with eight members of Border Textile Group who have sewn fabric bodies and outfits:

Period costume maker Alyson Farmer created the three generals and former A&E sister Annie Robinson the three nurses; Blue regiment was made by Faith Robertson and her daughter Gill Curry; Green regiment by Sue Dodd and Lesley Abernethy; and Black regiment by Hazel Wight and Diane Chalmers.

Doug Jones uses domestic craft and consumable goods to create sculptures and installations that invite us to reflect on personal and collective experiences often triggered by events of historic and social significance, and the ‘production’ of heritage

This exhibition is open every Wed-Sun (11am-5pm) until 7 September 2014.

Doug Jones will give an introduction to the installation at the exhibition opening on Saturday 19 July from 2pm. All welcome, with tea and cake served courtesy of Granary Bistro, Berwick YHA.

Visit the Berwick Visual Arts' website HERE.

Image: Doug Jones Non Sum Qualis Eram Part I. Exhibition installation view 2011. Courtesy of the artist.

Year: 2014

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