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Elaine Shemilt, Falklands/Malvinas, Graffti, Soul, Traces, I


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Title Falklands/Malvinas, Graffti, Soul, Traces, I
Collection fineart.ac.uk
Artist Elaine Shemilt
Nationality Scottish
Description In ĎAjax Bay' in the Falkland Islands, there is a derelict building which was used as the field hospital during the 1982 war. Despite some very heavy bombardment no lives were lost and many lives were saved, both British and Argentineans a gentle irony in a terrible war. On the several occasions that I have been to the Falkland Islands I have visited Ajax Bay. Each time I have felt that the ghost of myself twenty years ago was hunting those ruins. My sons have now reached the age when many of those young men involved in the fighting lost their lives.
Cultural Context The Falkland Islands, 1982/2002-11-07
Location Current Site Dundee, Scotland
Measurements Dimensions Paper size 30" x 44" or 760 x 1120 (image size approx. 20" x 16")
Material Ink on Somerset Paper
Biography Elaine Shemilt's work ranges across a wide variety of media - from printmaking and video, to installation. Elaine Shemilt is a graduate of Winchester School of Art and the Royal College of Art. She has exhibited internationally including Switzerland, Denmark, Holland, Canada, USA and Germany including the Hayward and the Institute of Contemporary Art, London; and the Edinburgh Festival. She has held residencies at South Hill Park Arts Centre and Winchester School of Art and Wollongong, Australia. In 1997 her exhibition "Behind Appearance " toured across the mid-west of the USA. She is currently Senior Lecturer in the School of Fine Art, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, the University of Dundee in Scotland. She is a Professional member of Society of Scottish Artists, and in 200012001 was President of USSCOT She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2000 and became a Shackleton Scholar in 2001 for her work in the South Atlantic and in particular the Island of South Georgia. In 1999 she led a project for the Ministry of Defense to improve the physical environment for servicemen and women stationed in the Falkland Islands. With a team of designers, a sculptor and students from D0AD a lkm, corridor linking the services' various facilities was transformed with art stations and new signage. She also rescued artwork and graffiti produced by ordinary soldiers during the conflict of 1983 and arranged for its restoration and display. In 2000 she completed a residency at the University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia, where she was also invited to lecture at Universities in Sydney and Canberra. Her most recent work is to create a £100,000 not for profit research project. An online environmental resource for the natural and historical heritage of the Island of South Georgia, sponsored by Government funding, the Shackleton Scholarship and some commercial backing. The innovation and creativity of this website is unique and collaborative. It was completed in March 2002. Following on from the 1999 Falkland Islands project Elaine has been working on a series of images and a multi media installations. A solo exhibition of this work was first shown at the Meffan Gallery in Scotland in October 2000. Twenty years after the Anglo/ Argentinean conflict, the artists from Duncan of Jordanstone are reflecting on their visits to the Falkland Islands. The remaining evidence of the war still visible in the landscape: minefields, war debris, war graves suggesting the contrast of past and present is intrinsic to Elaine's latest work.
Institution Dundee - Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art
Rights Owner Elaine Shemilt
Rights Status UK HE use only
Style Period Period contemporary
Technique photography and digital layering/manipulation
Work Type Iris print
 

 

 

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