This series in progress, tentatively titled Eve of Battle, is based on research from the military collection at King’s College London Archive, where I spent three days pouring through personal papers, letters, diaries and some official reports for descriptions of travel from all over the world – expeditions and voyages – undertaken by the British military.
I am interested in finding both the sublime and the banal in the (often) one-line descriptions by men preparing for war. These first-hand accounts have been left out of the official history of power, privilege and access.
This new work signifies a shift from the use of photographic source material to an exploration and translation of text-based descriptions. A return to the landscape, I want to explore travel through time via the archive as opposed to the traditional approach of plein air landscape painting.