Liz Ashburn

Land Mines 2009

These art works were made from ceramics and other mixed media to draw attention to the destructive force of land mines.


Butterfly Land Mines: (Soviet PFM-1) Ceramic pieces based on scattered pressure-sensitive blast mines called “butterflies” dropped by helicopter. Children often mistake them for toys.












“Bouncing Betty” Land Mine: (M16 Anti-personnel Land Mine) Ceramic piece based on a metallic bounding fragmentation mine. The mine has a cylindrical body which when activated detonates a small explosive charge projecting the body upward where the main charge is activated. The resulting blast scatters over a wide area at hip level.













Stake Mines: (PMR-2A or POMZ-2) Ceramic pieces based on stake mines. Generally these are planted in rows and are set off one after the other by an intricate system of tripwires.












Directional Fragment Mine: (Claymore M18a) Ceramic piece based on a directional fragment mine. The curved plate of this mine is filled with pellets or projectiles in front of the explosive charge and is mounted against a round surface such as a tree or placed on a small stand-alone stake. This becomes the military equivalent of a sawn-off shotgun.



Explosive Forces: Fear and Destruction in Conflict, solo show, John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle. 2010








Improvised explosive device (IED) 2009  Ceramic and acrylic. Variable.

Improvised explosive device (IED) Detail Butterfly Land mines 2009  Ceramic and acrylic.

Fragment of Improvised explosive device (IED)  2009  Ceramic and acrylic.

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