whole: Part of the breastpocket of a pinstriped suit. A garnet drop hangs from a gold chain pinned to the suit with a
fish hook shaped pin.
Pierre Cavalan, Polly Wales and Jennifer Townsend adapted the traditional form of the war medal for a touring exhibition, staged in 2004, to protest against the Iraq War. Cavalan combines found enamel badges referencing petrol and oil with two skeletons, memento mori, suggesting that people are dying for oil. Wales also takes a similar theme by making a link between big business, represented by the pinstripe fabric, and the fish-hook with a garnet drop, suggesting spilled blood. Jennifer Townsend also links war and futile death, through a bullet wrapped in a mourning ribbon. The inscription, war proliferates, implies an endless cycle of violence.