UK – Helicopter Museum to host Falklands themed artwork

UK – Helicopter Museum to host Falklands themed artwork

7-Jan-2012 Source: The Helicopter Museum

To tie in with the 30th Anniversary of The Falklands Conflict, West Country Artist Rachael Lomas will be exhibiting a brand new selection of artwork at The Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare.

The exhibition, entitled ‘Inscape Landscape’, will reflect upon the environment of the Falkland Islands and how it may have affected the progress of the war.  “I want to interpret the conflict from a retrospective view point, examining the ‘Inscape’ of the servicemen involved and how they connected emotionally with the environment,” explained Rachael.  “The terrain is visually harsh, foreboding and somewhat unnerving and I think that serves as a very powerful metaphor for what the troops had to endure both physically and mentally during the campaign”.

Rachael, a BA Honours Graduate who studied Fine Art at Oxford Brookes University and completed an MA in History of Art at Christie’s Education, has applied herself enthusiastically in researching the subject and planning the exhibition.   During this period of research, she interviewed veterans of the conflict to gain first hand knowledge and a detailed insight into the mindset of the troops involved.

In capturing the complexities of the Falklands War in visual form, Rachael will explore the subject matter with intricate pen and ink drawings and structural art book forms.  The ordered nature of the line drawings, meticulous cut shapes and the diffused use of shadow imagery, creates a thought provoking visual forum of fragmented memories and comradeship.

Rachael Lomas’ exhibition will run alongside a factual display detailing the various roles played by helicopters during the 1982 conflict which has been created by the volunteers at The Helicopter Museum in association with The North Somerset Modelling Society.

The exhibition itself will also form part of a very special 30th Anniversary event taking place at the Museum in May as part of the national ‘Museums at Night 2012’ campaign. The Commemorative Falklands Weekend will feature a Military Vehicle Display, Living History Encampment and Historical Re-enactment Society.

‘Inscape Landscape’ and ‘The Falklands Conflict’ will open on February 1st  and run for 26 weeks. Usual Museum admission applies and there is no additional charges to view the exhibitions.

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