Inspire Me! – Erin Perry

Where does artist Erin Perry get her inspiration?

The inspiration for several of the pieces in my current show “The Pity of War” has come from the heartfelt verses of the WWI poets. Men who saw war from the trenches as it really was. Many never returned and their poems take on an added poignancy.

In Flanders Field - Erin Perry

This piece, In Flanders Field, shows the poppies that bloom still on that long ago battlefield and bits of the detritus left when armies collide.
The words of the poem by Lt. Col. John McCrae were constantly with me as I worked on the piece, and guided my hands and heart.

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Ypres  1915

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One thought on “Inspire Me! – Erin Perry

  1. I have seen some of Erin’s work on this topic in The Peace Library. Very experimental & creative and deeply heart-felt.

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