The works in the series ‘Winterline’ address land as location and site where lives are lived and lost. They document and explore the impact of conflict upon territory, from its essence as soil, rock and vegetation to its utilisation in the strategies of warfare.
Since 2011, Elaine Shemilt has carried out research in the territory of central Italy to produce ‘The Winterline Series’ which now comprises over 50 individual works.
Working closely with Deirdre MacKenna, Elaine has walked the territory between the Volturno and Rapido rivers, guided by the following resources:
images of the territory made by Margaret Bourke-White in 1943 and 1944;
Fifth Army at the Winter Line (15 November 1943-15 January 1944) First printed by the Historical Division, War Department, for the American Forces in Action series, 1945. CMH Pub 100-9;
From the Volturno to the Winter Line (6 October-15 November 1943) First printed by the Historical Division, War Department, for the American Forces in Action series, 1945. CMH Pub 100-8;
and the knowledge and guidance of Luciano Bucci, Director of the Museo Winterline, Venafro
The series is still in development and will be published in 2019.
Please see Winterline – Castello Pandone for more information on and other works in the ‘Winterline’ series.
Starting her career in the 1970s, Elaine Shemilt is a pioneer of early feminist video and multi-media installation and fine art printmaking. Her works explore the contexts and legacies of military conflict and are informed by her experiences as a female artist responding to the Northern Ireland Conflict, the Falklands War and conflicts in central Italy during WWII. Amongst others, her works have been presented at The Imperial War Museum London, MACRO Roma, VAC LaTrobe, Bendito, Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the Showroom, London.
For more information on Elaine Shemilt’s practice please see her website