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Marissa Mardon: Landing At Dawn
May 2 @ 11:00 am - June 29 @ 4:00 pmFree
Landing at Dawn is a painting by Medway artist, Marissa Mardon.
It was commissioned by Rob Mason, and depicts Rob and his colleagues of 5th Brigade Headquarters and Signal Squadron landing at San Carlos Water on the west coast of East Falkland on 2nd June 1982.
It’s rare that we know the names of the people we see in a painting, but here we know one of the figures inhabiting the artwork. Through conversation and photographs, Marissa has been able to depict Rob during a significant moment in his life, also weaving the soldiers’ coded names into the composition.
The painting combines an ethereal sense of place & past. It is both an historical and social document, representing the bond between friends in extreme conditions.
Rob had one request, and that is to add at least one brushstroke to the work. So, as well as the painting portraying him, Rob will be contributing to the representation of the scene.
“I saw Marissa’s work on display locally and really liked the way she told a story in the painting and how the narrative of the stories she painted built up and unfolded on the canvas. I had a photograph of my colleagues and I landing at San Carlos with the Headquarters of Five Brigade on the 2nd of June 1982 and simply thought this would be a perfect subject matter for Marissa and the way she painted”.
“Rob was a signalman, working with Morse code to send messages and reports back to the UK. I thought it would be interesting therefore to include an element of Morse code within the work by incorporating some of the soldiers’ names in Morse code. I am thinking it will be part of the camouflage in their uniforms or in the trodden mud under their feet”.