Friday, April 29, 2011

Eveleen Comments On Her Painting - Paul D'huyvetter World War 1

Paul D'huyvetter World War 1'I wanted to put my husband Bo's grandfather in poppy fields which are so relevant to remembrance day in Belgium and beyond. It was taken from a tiny black and white photograph of him during the first world war. He had found this puppy and kept him with him. The original photo was outside a barracks and I thought it would be nice to put him in the poppies as a way to tell the story and place it in context.' Eveleen

'Eveleen took this tiny fainted black and white picture and projected it on a field of poppies (in her mind). The outcome is hugely symbolic. The obvious reference to the Flanders' Fields, but also the ghostly figure with very kind and subtle features in stark contrast with the red vibrance. Also, the play on proportion adds to this slightly surreal but mainly dreamlike atmosphere.

Then there's another layer, more subtle again, with the human-dog relationship. While the facial features for both are barely visible, there's kindness and hope, nurturing and protecting, gentleness and pride. But the uniform is a reminder of the context, the First World War. The poppies' coloring with the faint figure bring about a context of violence and horror, but not outspoken. It is shown in beauty. So the reference becomes entirely contextual and even stronger.

Visually there's no human sufferance, no destruction nor a sense of loss. But the power of context is a constant reminder this depicts two important aspects. First, at an immediate level, the peaceful break of a soldier minding a pup probably just away from the trenches. He's on a break, so he'll go back to the horror. Secondly, more deeply, he's a memory, he's a near ghost. He carries no gun, he doesn't hold a fallen dying comrade. Instead, he's minding a young pet. An animal for whom war means nothing, for whom life is at its fragile beginning, for whom the only sense is protection and love. - To me, this is so poetic.'
Bo (Grandson of Paul D'huyvetter)

'It is possible that something in the photograph, the expression, stirred you and inspired you to capture the emotion you felt in a painting. It is one of these "everything about this painting is just right" kind of works. You can find this quality in a novel, a movie, a song or piece of music, a sculpture. It needn't be ambitious, but it must be sincere and genuine, like beauty found in nature, which can be something tiny as well as the largest of vistas.'
Anne (Granddaughter of Paul D'huyvetter)
"Eveleen Power - Contemporary Irish Artist." Website By: Deise Design