© Lee Karen Stow
There is not long left to catch the incredibly moving and inspiring exhibition Poppies: Women and War
, which closes on 5 June 2016 at the Museum of Liverpool before going on tour. Photographer Lee Karen Stow reflects on the exhibition and her plans for the future in her latest blog:
"As the Poppies: Women and War exhibition comes to a close at the Museum of Liverpool, so the poppy flowers begin to bud and bloom in the gardens and fields of England. I’ve planted a few seeds and plants myself this spring, to see and capture the pink, tangerine, blue and black poppies.
For this story is evolving. As I focus even more closely on the structure and make-up of poppies in the family Papaveraceae, I am also zooming out wider into the world to follow the stories of women of Vietnam, Cambodia, Israel, Palestine, Northern Ireland, the Balkans, the Falklands. The exhibition itself will be re-configured as 'Poppies: Women, War, Peace', and tours to venues in Hull, York and culminating in Georgia, US for the 2018 centenary of the poppy symbol.
It’s an ambitious plan, but I am encouraged to continue this work because of the substantial feedback and engagement of the viewers who came to the exhibition in Liverpool, Many followed the blogs
, and wrote to me direct, giving feedback, and offering thoughts and suggestions. One viewer wrote in the comments’ book:
"Dignity through adversity is the theme of this exhibition."
© Lee Karen Stow
Thank you for understanding the message of this work, through stories of women courageous enough to share their stories and have their faces printed large on a wall in a public place. Thank you to everyone who is part of this ongoing documentary.
A special thank you to the Museum of Liverpool for giving this story a bright, stunning, yet intimate space. It was created with the enthusiasm, energy and vision of the design and curating team. What I love about Liverpool is that it listens and respects both the artist and their work.
On that note, I end this blog with a spectacular tangerine poppy that appeared this week in the garden of Yorkshire sculptor and ceramist, Marie Lofthouse. Marie’s mother, Huguette Court-Thomas who was widowed in the Second World War, features in the exhibition. The poppy grows beneath a sculpture of a woman throwing her arms up to the sky."