The starting point for Graham Gingles WW1 commemorative project was the simple act of the MAC gifting a decorative brass box to the artist, the same brass box sent by Princess Mary to members of the British, Colonial and Indian Armed Forces at Christmas in 1914.
Graham has dramatically scaled up his intimate and enigmatic wall-hanging sculptures, usually enclosed in meticulously crafted wood and glass boxes, in order to occupy the entirety of the Sunken Gallery at the MAC, where the walls of the gallery become the form of enclosure.
The work deals with themes of memory and loss and is both theatrical and sculptural, presenting the viewer with a totally immersive experience. Dark and compelling, this piece invites the viewer to come close and examine the intricacies of the various compartments and corridors within this room.
The title of the work is taken from the War Diaries of Robert McGookin from Larne, Northern Ireland who spoke of the men’s wish whilst under shell fire to become like insects like a worm burrowing into the trenches.
For more information on this commission, and other related projects in the UK, please see 14-18 NOW.
Graham Gingles was born in Co. Antrim in 1943, attended Belfast College of Art and has resided and worked in Northern Ireland ever since. In 1980/81 he became a recipient of the British School at Rome Scholarship. His first one-person exhibition took place at the Arts Council Gallery in Belfast after his return from Rome in 1981. Since then he has participated in both solo and group exhibitions worldwide, and his work his held in collections such as The Arts Council, Ulster Museum, and the Irish Contemporary Art Society.
Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, supported
by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.