|Publications : Chapters
'‘Filling the Void’: artistic interpretations
of the empty battlefield’'
in Raelene Frances and Bruce Scates
(eds.), Beyond Gallipoli: New Perspectives
on ANZAC (Australian History Publication,
Monash University Publishing, 2016) ISBN
This paper has three parts: the first offers a critique of the idea
of ‘emptiness’ and its application to the apparently
deserted battlescapes of the First World War. The second part explores
how this concept of emptiness was understood and applied by artists
who witnessed the action, or the aftermath, of campaigns in Gallipoli,
France and Belgium.
To do so it focuses on the war diaries, sketches and post-battle
paintings by Australian artist and Australian Imperial Force (AIF)
signaller Ellis Silas, and also recounts the challenges faced by
official war photographer Frank Hurley during the Third Battle of
Ypres in 1917. Part Three reflects on more recent work by the Australian
painter Sidney Nolan who for two decades later in the twentieth
century was deeply engaged with the powerful memoryscapes of Turkey.