Cost of war etched in artwork

Alan Muller’s artwork In the Wake of War.
Alan Muller’s artwork In the Wake of War.

His father Raymond was a prisoner of the Japanese during World War II and worked on the Burma-Thai Railway after being captured in Singapore.

�The main theme of the work is my mother, Olive, embroidering a tablecloth while she waited for the return of her husband,� he said.

�The tablecloth and other objects related to the story will be on display with the artwork at the City of Wanneroo�s Wanneroo Remembers exhibition at the Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre.

�The work focuses on the effect of war on wives, partners and families, who were also greatly affected.

�It was the wives of the soldiers, such as my mother, who literally had to pick up the pieces of war and help their men return to civilian and family life.

�When Raymond returned from the war, Olive immediately realised that the man she had married before the war was greatly changed and permanently so.�