3.1.11 Afghanistan

March 1, 2011

Alongside the volcanic people’s power rising up from Tunisia, Egypt, US Madison WI, continuing with harrowing effect in Libya, grinds along the Afghanistan War, day after day, month after month, year after year. What happens there, what happens next….

Artists speak out against this war in a traveling exhibition of 50 plus 4’x6′ banner-style paintings called “Windows and Mirrors,” organized by Chicago AFSC. http://afsc.org/project/windows-and-mirrors

Opening last October in Philadelphia on the 9th anniversary of this iteration of war, the show is now in LA: http://afsc.org/event/los-angeles-windows-and-mirrors-exhibit

When I consider the comprehensive effect of war, I feel absence. Individuals, villages, family, animals, side of a hill, farm, the next minute, fact of a future… erased. In painting, I wanted to convey a lack of person. Not a dead or injured person, but a person expected to be there who isn’t. A cut out– of relationship, the world. Holding this concept of not, I wanted to show the life around the absence, who feel the absence; standing on their ravished land, they are painted in vibrant colors because that’s life.

From Los Angeles, the show travels to Greensboro, Atlanta, Chicago; October to San Francisco, November to Kansas City.


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