Mixed media on canvas
This painting is titled November 2016. This is both the time of year which the painting captures, but also refers to the 100th anniversary of the end of the Battle of the Somme, and the dark shadows on the left of the canvas hint at trenches whilst the upright ‘trees’ also hint at palisades. The painting sits with the Global Uncertainties theme and has a direct linkage to work carried out in the War, State and Society research group. However, as a reminder of a troubled past in Europe, it contains a warning for those who apparently relish further uncertainty in Europe. As such it fits on the wider context of the Global Uncertainties theme.
The painting was displayed at the "Borders" Exhibition that accompanied the Teignmouth Poetry Festival and has a dedicated poem by Julie-Ann Rowell (www.jarowell.co.uk/) to go with it.
A skein of tree a tremble of yellow
reclaiming the space yes it all came back
in a riot out of mud the particles
that make us even guts
sprinkled liberally little dustings of red
O the way the other tree leans
broken at the knees capitulating
the sun never gives up though
see how it knows
the kind of light to make
Reproduced with kind permission of Alan Gregory
Copyright ©Alan Gregory
Research Theme: Global Uncertainties (The Centre for War, State and Society)