Well I am about to go out to the studio to work on the 10th row of text squares for the Warhorse Painting. I was thinking about my research earlier this summer and remembered how much the Picasso painting Guernica inspired me. Firstly the horse in the painting and its distorted wild and pained form as the harlequin of a bull pierces its body. Secondly the idea that the painting was done in black and white to symbolise the fact that Picasso first heard about the disaster in the newspapers.
I wanted the Warhorse painting to create links to conflict and the horror of war through time or the 20th century. When creating the composition I deliberately distorted the horse's form with reference to this image.