Inspired by my grandfather who was a conscientious objector during World War II, a fireman and a political activist, this work explores the cross - cultural conflict in meaning of the iconic white feather. From cowardice during wartime, through to a declaration of pacifism and finally a symbol of an extraordinary act of bravery, these drawings and objects are a selection from my research that explores these ideas. The drawings were bombsites in Portsmouth, the button is from a firemanâ€™s uniform and the text, handwritten on a feather, is the title of an article published in The Buckinghamshire Herald in 1962 about my grandfather, Edward Davey. This is a pause in an ongoing body of work. www.hollydavey.com
This is from a selection of research produced during a Creative Wales Award. With thanks to Arts Council of Wales, Lindsay Hughes, Hannah Firth, Jo Bushnell, Danielle Arnaud, Anthony Shapland, Richard Robinson and my inspiring grandfather, Edward Davey, I dedicate this to you. Design by heightstudio.com Printed by printmarketproject.com
ONE THEY COULD NEVER QUENCH THE FIRE OF HIS ENTHUSIASM.
â€” Holly Davey