~ Michelle Saleeba

This incredible work of art Warship - the Glorious Decline of the Officers' Library by Jo Darbyshire is on display at John Curtin Gallery until March 10th, 2019.

Commissioned to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice in November 2018 the installation in the shape of Australia's first submarine the AE1 is created from 300 book covers 'rescued' from the disbanded Royal United Service Institution (RUSI) of WA Library. The RUSI of Western Australia was founded in Perth in 1902. The Institute sought to improve the education of Service Officers by promoting the study of strategic and defence matters and included a comprehensive library.

The ‘found’ books that make up the installation were nearly all about War: the many wars in history and especially about the first and second world wars, the countries involved and the aftermath of war. The most poignant, for the artist were books written by individuals about their own war experiences, and written in the hope that we 'never forget the horrors of war'.