Children in the UK learn about war and national identity at primary school by making their own red poppy-inspired artwork. It is an aesthetic exercise in the representation of loss, conflict and remembrance. They compose without idea. The outcomes appear as products of their curiosity, without judgment. This ‘Poppy Appeal’ charity campaign features Helen Mirren, a British actor and a national treasure. In the silk-screening process, an image must be seen in its transparency, as a net, as a negative, from both the back and the front perspectives. Via this process, Red Flowers puts some established layers of contemporary culture (celebrity, charity, pharmaceuticals and the vote) in another order.
official Polling Station signs: https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/