NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY2014-2019

Where: NSAS McKee Gallery, The Suter Art Gallery - 208 Bridge St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Beyond Measure installation, comprising 220 screen - printed bandages, modelled on WW1 First Field Dressings, suspended in Regimental fashion.

Remember, a word, heavy in sound and connotation, carrying the weight of its antithesis; all that has been, or might yet be, forgotten.

A significant number of my ancestors (10 first cousins, two of whom did not return) from the Motupiko Valley fought with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in campaigns on Gallipoli, the Western Front and the Sinai/Palestine.

The trace of these men exists in archival records; war photographs, familial oral histories, military history sheets.

Sandy Callister identified historic woundedness as an unassimilable presence within New Zealand families impacted by WWI. Countering the limitations of what is knowable, Beyond Measure is engaged in a reconstruction process.

Rebuilding memories from archival fragments, the work does not judge, blame or glorify, it simply remembers even as it reminds viewers about the promise, renewed annually on April 25th, that we will remember them, the soldiers.

Translucent, imperfectly formed images acknowledge the impossibility of catching anything other than incomplete glimpses of the past. Mimicking the disintegration and restoration of memory, portraits of soldiers killed in the war, screen-printed in subdued tones, form and reform ghostly images as people brush past them.

Physical gaps between the bandage strips make forming whole images of each man impossible, reflecting the gaps in memory and archival material which, conjoined with parameters of distance and time, prohibit the formulation of any complete truth or wholeness about the men’s experiences.

Dedicated to the memory of the men listed on the Kohatu War Memorial, including four kinsmen who did not return from the Great War of 1914 - 1918:
- Rory Arnold
- Leslie George Arnold
- Stan Berryman
- Francis Biggs
- Ewart Ashton Coleman
- Henry Ellis
- William Gibbs
- George Septimus Hooper
- Ernst Mead
- Robert Mead
- Guy Nalder
- William John Robson
- Norman Wilkinson
- George Frederick Yeoman

You are not forgotten.

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