‘The Cupboard’ – Remembering Civilians Caught up in War


'The Cupboard', original black Biro drawing by Jane Lee McCracken

‘The Cupboard’, original black Biro drawing by Jane Lee McCracken

This simple drawing represents the memory of civilians caught up or lost during war.

During a stay in a cottage in Transylvania, Romania, whilst on a trip bear tracking this painted corner cupboard evoked to me the quiet beauty of how we go about embellishing the space we call home and the private and expressive meanings behind everything we display in that space.

For those caught up in war, losing perhaps what is perceived by others to be just a simple jug, but to the owner of the possession is perhaps a priceless gift given by a beloved grandmother, adds yet more painful loss to the devastation experienced.  Every object in our home tells a story and leaves behind a footprint of our existence.

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4 thoughts on “‘The Cupboard’ – Remembering Civilians Caught up in War

  1. Immensely powerful Jane. Fine detail, and evocative of the subject matter.I have never been to Romania, but it has an authentically tragic history, and you have captured that feeling so well.
    Best wishes as always, Pete.

    • Thank you so much Pete – it’s hard to put into words all we heard from all sectors of Romanian society as to the tragedy Romanians have suffered so I hoped a drawing would evoke what so many people/nations suffered/suffer. I’m so pleased you felt this from this piece. Romania is a beautiful, amazing country I know you would enjoy visiting. Best wishes as alway, Jane

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