Reflections on sacrifice, loss and futility 1968-2008

Accession Number ART96824
Collection type Art
Measurement Framed: 112.5 cm x 162.8 cm x 5.6 cm; Unframed: 110.2 x 160.5 cm x 3.5
Object type Painting
Physical description acrylic on canvas
Maker Jones, Geoffrey
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Date made 2008
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

Featured in this work are the ribbons of campaign medals and bravery decorations that represent Australia's involvement in conflict, from the Boer War to Afghanistan. Jones saids of the work: "It is my reflection on those wars and why Australia became involved in them. This reflection has resulted in my conclusion that some of those wars can be justified and others not. Even within some of those justified wars there have been some futile campaigns. On another level, the bright colour and order of the work belie[s] the collective carnage wrought of over 102,000 lives lost in these wars and the impact it has [had] on Australian society since 1901."

Geoffrey Jones (55178) joined the Army in 1966, at the age of 17, as a means of escaping the constraints of a small country town. He served for six years and complete two deployments tours of Vietnam (1968 and 1970). He was discharged in 1971.

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