The Eleventh Hour | Scarlett Raven
“Creation goes beyond the canvas. Like a chemical reaction, creation fills its environment. It has an aftermath. I suppose that is what I am really interested in, what the explosion, meeting, gathering of materials leaves behind. What we leave behind.” - Scarlett Raven
28-year-old Scarlett Raven is a contemporary artist who has gained international acclaim from the likes of Orlando Bloom, Take That and Duffy. In her debut exhibition for Castle Fine Art, Mayfair, Scarlett explores the multiple facets of the poppy.
A collection of work inextricably bound to the First World War, ‘The Eleventh Hour’, directly references the date of Armistice Day in 1918: a date etched into the fabric of our history, a date filled with joy and despair in equal measure. It is here then, in this tension between sorrow and elation, dark and light in which Raven’s landscapes thrive and flourish, as the tissue delicate, blood-red blooms of the poppy once grew from the disturbed earth ravaged by war. In collaboration with The Royal British Legion, ‘The Eleventh Hour’ represents the ongoing relevance of the poppy as a symbol of the remembrance of the past, but also the future promise of hope.
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