“They looked like silver birds. The sun was shining on them…” is a drawing about the victims of a bomb which exploded next to a queue of people outside of Stokes Bros greengrocers during The Great Folkestone Air Raid of 25th May 1917. It consists of sixty-eight gesso panels containing transcriptions of personal memories, the details of each of the people who were killed and silverpoint drawings of some of the individuals who died. The title comes from an eye witness account of the event and refers to the sight of the German ‘Gotha’ bombers high up in the early evening sun light just moments before the bomb was dropped. I’ve been working on this subject, off and on, for a few years. I created an earlier version of it for my solo exhibition at Marine Studios in Margate last year.
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