From the Artists' Statement by Hamish and Samantha from Smash Creation
Papaver Rhoeas: Commonly known as The Red Flowered Corn Poppy or the Remembrance Poppy, first came to prominence as a symbol from the World War 1 poem "In Flanders Field". Its opening lines refer to the many poppies that were the first flowers to grow in the churned-up earth of soldiers' graves in Flanders, a region of Europe that overlies parts of Belgium and France.
Our interpretation of the Remebrance Poppy was inspired by entwining three distinct words; Reflection, Movement and Formation along with the hauntingly beautiful "Ode of Remembrance" which is taken from the poem "For the Fallen" by Laurence Binyon.
On Reflection: Beyond acknowledging the ultimate sacrifice so many young Australians made, we saw a visual effigy embracing the absolute clarity of beauty invoked by remembrance and in complete contrast; perhaps the ghost like spirit of those who did not return.
On Movement: The one true constant of engagement. Never resting, on edge and always ready. So humble yet so hard to shift, possibly best described as resilience - always standing back up despite the odds...the situation...the history.
On Formation: Each poppy has three points, as does our military....Army, Navy and Airforce. They are independent...yet so clearly joined and trained to a single focal point. Side by side, row after row. Be it marching into battle, holding the line or the stark reality and endless perfection of headstones on foreign soil - All things must be in order and aligned.
The Remembrance Poppy holds a special place in both Australian and Allied Military history, we are both humbled and honoured to present this work on behalf of the WA Branch of the RSL.
Photographed at the Alexander Library, Perth.