Every bullet has a name on it
26 December 2012
The latest soldier’s artwork to go on display alongside our Warriors of the Plains exhibition is called ‘Every bullet has a name on it; this one happened to have mine’. Lee French was inspired by Plains Indian warrior society and by discussions with the group of veterans involved in RAMM’s Once a Warrior project to make art out of the uniform he was wearing when he was shot in Afghanistan, including the bullet that surgeons removed from him.
The other artwork in our last selection is a poem, called ‘A Warrior’, by Captain Chris Gillespie, who works with Territorial Army soldiers training to go to Afghanistan from the base on Exeter’s Barrack Road. “I found the connection [with Plains warrior societies] much easier to make than I expected,” he said. “I wouldn’t really call myself a warrior, but now my view of a warrior is different. It is not someone who goes screaming in to kill as many people as he can…. There is more background to it, more status, ethos, spiritualism, regimental history”.
The artworks and Warriors of the Plains exhibition are on display at RAMM until 13 January.
A short film about the Once a Warrior project is online on YouTube as well as in the gallery.