10 x 11 x 8 inches
Ceramics, Wood, Mixed Media
Veterans arrived back home from the war with Mexico, "broken down, out of health and dispirited- many minus an arm or leg destined to be cripples all their life."
14 x 16 x 5.5 inches
Sir John Franklin’s Expedition left England with 129 men to traverse the North-West passage, vanishing off the coast of Greenland in the year 1845. After 3 years trapped in the Arctic, the men were forced to initiate what could most appropriately be called a death march. They carried with them all the accouterments of English civilization – fine china and cut glass, Victorian silver, bibles and button polish. The prevailing attitude was “They perished gloriously.” All that remained of the best equipped expedition ever sent in search of the Northwest Passage were stark skeletons found in the snow years later, their attempt to conquer the arctic a sad testament to the hubris of mankind.