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Italian Poppies #1 by Cath Sheard

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This mixed media work is based on more than 70 photos I took of poppies growing wild in the Lazio region, including around Monte Cassino Abbey. Many of the photos were blurred, taken from cars and trains as we sped through the landscape. For that reason the background is blurred; with a final large, in-focus poppy symbolising the way poppies became a focus for the artists. The large poppy is the same one used on an artwork I created of my father for the Legato exhibition, and so has special meaning to me. In addition, the poppies are important to me because they are such a strong symbol both in Italy and in New Zealand.


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Cath Sheard lives in South Taranaki; she has always been interested in artistic pursuits, and has been painting since 2006. She has an Advanced Diploma of Arts & Creativity (Honours) from The Learning Connexion, and a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) and Post Graduate Diploma in Sociology from Massey University.

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