The Flanders’ Poppy is a symbol of remembrance as it was the first plant to re-emerge from the soil of soldiers’ graves during the First World War. Anna‘s new artwork ‘Fortitude’ incorporates this poppy as a special commission for the 2021 RSA Poppy Appeal. ‘Fortitude’ represents strength and courage in the face of adversity ~ something displayed in service by all that fought for our country. This artwork holds personal meaning for Anna also in remembrance of her relatives who fought at Gallipoli, her Great Uncle who died during battle in the second War and both Grandfather’s whom fought in WWII; one receiving the DFC (Distinguished Flying Cross) medal for bravery.
Anna Leyland is a contemporary New Zealand artist. Utilising pattern making and symbolism, her works invoke conversations relating to the celebration of diversity and multiculturalism within Aotearoa. Her work features in many galleries throughout New Zealand and in private collections all across the world.
“My works are a reflection of my perception of life. I choose to see the beauty in everything around me; specifically the beautiful mix of cultures we have in Aotearoa. This is what I incorporate into all of my works, utilising pattern and symbolism. These are directly influenced by the multicultural heritage of my son and I; Fijian, Wallisian, Futunaan, Scottish, Hungarian, English and Kiwi. I have taken personal symbols and patterns from these different cultures and developed into my own, which then tell my story. My works are culturally diverse and inherently attract a diverse audience.”
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