Wartime Wendy

Ann Verdcourt, Artist

This is one of the ceramic artworks in our collection. It was made in Dannevirke in 2006.
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About the Work
This work is significant in that it draws on Verdcourt’s experience of growing up in wartime England and also her love of art history. Where some of her other ceramic busts are direct copies of figures from paintings, this work is a curious blend of art historical references and Verdcourt’s own personal memories.
"Verdcourt grew up in Luton, England in the midst of World War Two. She vividly remembers during the war the surfaces of buildings being covered in painted camouflage and roofs covered with vegetation to deceive German bomber crews. Coupled with an absence of signposts and nights spent in the air raid shelter, wartime England must have seemed a surreal place to a child.
Here Verdcourt borrows the sitter from Picasso’s 1909 painting Woman with a fan, dresses her in a military-style hat and washes her over with camouflage, as though she is an inhabitant of the artist’s childhood wartime Luton. " Object label from 'Ceramics: Ann Verdcourt A Survey' Sep - Dec 2010, Sarjeant Gallery.
450mm x 330mm x 175mm
ceramic with slips and stains
Head and shoulders bust of a woman in military uniform with cap, painted in camouflage colours across her face as well as her clothing.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Purchased, 2010
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
27 Aug 2010



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