Australia, special forces (everywhere, current), Aust flag 2010
|Title||Australia, special forces (everywhere, current), Aust flag 2010|
|Maker||eX de Medici (Artist)|
|Place made||Australia: Australian Capital Territory, Canberra|
|Medium||watercolour and gold leaf on paper|
|Measurement||sheet: 57.2 x 76.4 cm|
An Australian Special Forces cutaway helmet, manufactured by South African company, Global Armour. This watercolour was drawn in Canberra from a helmet worn by a member of the Australian Special Forces who served in Afghanistan between 2008-2009. eX de Medici has an ongoing interest in contemporary warfare and is renowned for her large scale drawings that show emblems of conflict: weapons, helmets, skulls, and bullets. The skull had been a feature of de Medici's watercolours since the late 1990s, however the proliferation of skulls in popular culture instigated a re-working of this symbol. de Medici evolved the metaphor of the skull into a representation of a helmet. She expanded on this notion in an interview with the Australian War Memorial on 6 May 2010: "The helmet sits at the same point as a skull. It is a skull. It is the exoskeleton of a skull. It's a mask. It's an instrument for other purpose that can cloak identity for instance, which was my first use of it, was the disguise of identity in aggressive situations." In 2010, she commenced a series of watercolours devoted to military helmets, which included this drawing.