Decommissioned

Exhibition: Artist:

Lillias August RI | Watercolour | 13.75 x 36.5 inches

“I went to visit the Suffolk Constabulary Headquarters as I wanted to paint a picture of the knives that had been handed in during a knife amnesty. While I was there, there was news of some firearms that were going to be decommissioned and I asked if I could look at them too. My paintings, ‘Amnesty’ and ‘Decommissioned’ are the result of my time there. There was quite a wait before I could see the result of the firearms’ decommissioning process – a powerful metal machine had sliced through the guns and rendered them useless. I know knives and the guns are disturbing and don’t make comfortable subject matter. I can’t really explain why I wanted to paint them. They are powerful and evocative and will say different things to different people. I suppose that I was drawn to what lies behind them: the stories that they could tell. Interestingly, the shafts of light through the office’s vertical blinds ended up creating a feeling of imprisonment.”

£2,900.00

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