Heidi Warr's "Passion for the Poppy"
Artist's statement [shortened version]:
The title for this design is “Passion for the Poppy”. I gave the design that title because I think that reflects how dearly we hold the symbolism of that little red flower and all that it means.
The geometric pattern I developed for the design symbolises the continuity of the earth, broken in places resulting from conflict. I wanted there to be a stark contrast in the design reflecting the landscape after the war, so I created areas of poppies symbolising remembrance and areas left open to represent the un-nurtured emptiness of the baron plains left by battles. Each design varies slightly in the application of the poppies. I also chose this special piece to use a new technique of carving into the clay to create the centre of each poppy flower to give the design extra texture and depth. On the base of each piece, I have used the very poignant words from Robert Laurence Binyon’s poem entitled For the Fallen: “We will remember them”.
I have created the Passion for the Poppy design on my square tower shape 5” wide (approx) and 13” high (approx). The Passion for the Poppy design is limited to 4.