On the Domestic Front: Lest We Forget
The Story Behind This Sculpture
Unimaginable human suffering and sacrifice occurs with the challenges and demands of war. This sculpture was created to commemorate the ANZAC Centenary in 2016. The work reminds us of the tremendous fortitude, commitment and support provided by women who ‘soldiered on’ at home in the face of wartime adversity. From a distance the woman appears to be a high ranking military official but on closer observation, her uniform consists of domestic objects (e.g. Helmet/Colander; Epaulets/sides of a cheese grater). A copper-rust glaze has been applied to depict military camouflage clothing and minor expansion fractures enhanced to portray an aged and weathered centurion object. An accompanying coffin is dedicated to those who lost their lives.
About the Artist
Baier. Revering the feminine has been Lisa’s mantra for the past twenty years. Whimsical symbolic sculptures with curvaceous shapes, layer colour, textured and embellished surfaces are Lisa’s liberated signature. Both self taught and academically qualified in ceramics Lisa exhibits collaboratively in themed exhibitions where individual thought is challenged and research is required. She has been a participant and a facilitator of significant community art projects and her work is appreciated in private collections throughout Australia, New Zealand and the USA. “Domestic Front: Lest We Forget” is Lisa’s more serious epoch sculpture which venerates the otherwise concealed sacrifices women endured during wartime and a protestant expression of her recurrent disappointment in patriarchy.
Contributors to this Mural
This sculpture was bought for the Maryborough Mural Project collection from both the Project’s funds and Commonwealth Bank staff donations. The Committee would like to thank Ms Katrina Dollin, Mrs Tracey Christoffel, Mr Mal Finlayson, Ms Tracey Gray, Mrs Dawn Vanderwolf, Ms Yvonne Loveday and Mr Rai Whitten for their time and expertise in supporting the Maryborough Mural Project. The Committee also thanks the following for their kind and generous sponsorship of this sculpture.