Simon Moisey
Senior Associate . Architectus Conrad Gargett

Patterns In Nature 04 - War Games
1200mmL x 1200mmH x 9mmD / Acrylic & Wood On Plywood

Artist Statement

Throughout history, war is generally created by leaders who seek war, and their motives are often very unfriendly. War results in significant loss of life and the destruction of infrastructure, resources, famine, disease, refugees, mental stress and economic ruin.

Group conflict can be seen as a growth of economic competition in a competitive international system. Wars often begin as a pursuit of markets for natural resources and for wealth. Currently, at the time of writing, there are 32 ongoing conflicts in the world right now.

Supposedly group conflict is a general feature of animal social behaviour. Consider the behaviour of chimpanzees and ants. While innate it has been intensified by technology and social organisation, such as weapons and states. Einstein once stated that the fourth world war will be fought with sticks and stones.

The War Game theory is an approach which seeks resolution of differences through game playing and predicts that we would be better off if war did not occur. 

The art piece looks at the current Russian-Ukrainian conflict using the game of scrabble as the method of conflict resolution.

It’s reimagining war as a game of scrabble.

About The Artist

I'm an unprofessional artist who is interested in poster art, album art and street art. I have no favourites. I’m inspired by – Bad, bad, bad, bad, bad, bad, bad, bad, good, good, good, good, good, good, good, good. 

“Well it’s sort of like this. I’m a mammal in this rabble, who will dabble in art to unravel, and scramble to listen to Glen Campbell and play scrabble.”