Work by Yvonne Tweedie :: Poem by Gerda Stevenson

textile art

From Quines by Gerda Stevenson

Artist’s statement

On first reading this poem I knew I just had to try to illustrate the feelings it rekindled. As someone who was born in Northern Ireland the events leading up to the signing of The Good Friday Agreement remain clear in my mind and have been greatly enhanced by the imagery in this poem.

Within the mixed media panel ‘Legacy’ I have reproduced images representing the legacy of terrorism, conflict and confrontation where the gun was all powerful. I felt it was important to create texture through the use of words associated with the events. Although hidden within the work these included the words of the naysayers, the signatories of the agreement and reflections on the conflict itself. The work aims to represent the long, risky journey from violence to peace, to the day the Women’s Coalition danced at the signing of the Agreement and to respect and equality within Stormont.