This artwork, inspired by the national treasure, was
created by a student artist in the Department of Studio
Arts (Photography) under the supervision of Marisa
Portolese, Assistant Professor in Studio Arts (Photography),
Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University.
M. James Playford recently completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Concordia University. His photographs depict landscapes that distort scale and invite the viewer into an immersive image. His current work with abstraction and colour fields engages our notions of perception. This image, part of a series called Renovation, plays with the perception of the last sight someone would see before dying. The final sight could be of a soldier looking at a tank before his demise, or of a soldier inside the tank looking through the small slit that provides his view to the world. While not related directly to the Panther tank in the Canadian War Museum, the image also represents the sensory experience and perception of war itself, through a visualization of the chaos and conflict of battle. Playford’s abstract photograph further relates to a sensory experience of war by representing the psychological condition of shellshock and trauma. The explosions and carnage created by war machines impact on a soldier not only physically but also mentally as the traces of the chaos of battle linger on in the form of shellshock. Playford’s image represents the overwhelming assault of war on one’s sensory perception.