Through this work, Neil Bousfield questions sense of place, attachment to place, and the value of place.
“It is about places you can no longer go back to and how ‘place’ can be changed emotionally and physically. It explores landscape narrative, trace and historical imprint and the role this plays in shaping the places we walk and inhabit.”
With the centenary of the First World War, Bousfield knew he wanted to make something that marked the event. Unable to settle on a project of his own, he was pleased to be commissioned by the Folio Society to make a body of work to accompany a new publication of Wilfred Owen’s poetry to be published to mark the centenary of Owen’s death and Armistice Day. Owen was killed by machine gun fire while leading his men across the Sambre-Oise canal on 4th November 1918, one week before the signing of the Armistice on the 11th November 1918.
Bousfield completed eight, colour relief engravings, two of which were submitted to the 250th Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. The four engravings exhibited at Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair form part of this portfolio.
“I hope the work I have made in some way helps to mark the event, the war, Wilfred Owen and the tragic loss of life.”