Responding to objects in Glasgow Museums' collections, internationally renowned Scottish artist Christine Borland creates new work reflecting on the First World War.
I Say Nothing is a creative response to Glasgow Museums’ First World War collection, following Borland's year-long research residency at Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, supported by Art Fund.
The work confronts the dichotomy of institutional care and brutality, focusing on the historical use of invalid feeder cups both to nurse wounded soldiers during World War I and to force-feed hunger-striking suffragettes in the years running up to 1914.
Using the little-known technique of photo-sculpture from the mid-19th century, the artist worked with models and participants to document two poses which represent the diametrically opposed ways in which the feeder cup was employed. Borland’s sculptures embrace all the inherent distortions and inaccuracies of the photo-sculpture process to question the accuracy of representation and the power of a seemingly humble object.