Shared Experience: Art and War
Freedman’s self-portrait hanging on the pole establishes the artist’s presence in recording this quiet scene of apparent inactivity. The supine soldier, surrounded by pin-ups and reading a paper, is a member of No. 80 Wing Headquarters Telephone Exchange. Communications were vital, yet the nondescript telephone exchange unit gives no indication of its importance. Freedman’s small work painted in camouflage colours encapsulates a timeless moment during wartime.