The Soldier as Artist: Memories of War
As an artist who is also a veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the author seeks to place his art practice within the broader tradition of Australian War Art and thereby seek to reconcile these two identities. By examining the emergence of the Australian Official War Art Scheme during the First World War, the framing and mythologising influences on Australian War Art and the development of the Australian War Memorial as the dominant War Art patron, the author identifies the key components of Australian War Art. The author’s military experience provides a unique dialogue opportunity, although he acknowledges the inherent organisational and societal biases, frames and mythologies applicable to his art practice.
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