FEATURED in Mixed Media
MEDIUM: mixed-media graphite pencil, charcoal, pastel pencil, chalk, ink pen on bond paper.
My inspiration is about a man trying to talk about the truth and about how he cannot convey the truth because even though he is allowed a forum to speak he is continuously interrupted and even though he was asked for his knowledge of a topic that is meaningful he was stopped at every point that he wanted to make in my opinion and he kept on trying and trying to say his point.
So, I will repeat to you what he said about our war today through my drawing and through his words which I paraphrase to the best of my ability because I do not wish to make this a political forum but I feel for a person in our war who speaks to me in our media about peace and through our media to explain to us all how to help us understand the chaos but the talking heads won’t allow him to get our heads straight and to accept our responsibility.
I watched this man speak of our war and of the United States public and of U.S. troops and of Iraq and Afghanistan…all very complicated…I know because it has been very complicated for me and I am just realizing this now.
Well, this man said what I had already come to know of myself recently but he said it of all of us, the U.S. citizens…we are complacent…the burden of our war in Afghanistan is upon the troops and their families…the burden financially is upon “borrowed money” so we, the U.S. public don’t feel the financial pain of these wars…
I made this portrait today to emphasize what I already knew and what I want us all to remember us all meaning us all from every country that we are becoming disconnected from these wars and I say that I have to agree with this man, Brian Katulix of the Center for American Progress who talked with Rachel Maddow on MSNBC today that a vast majority of us our complacent and not carrying the burden of our war as our country did in WWII.
I have made a strong statement. I know I am speaking for myself…there are many, so many, too many who do have family, friends in our war and who are not complacent. I am not speaking of you, I am speaking of the people like myself who did not consider the idea that my brother would go to combat…ridiculous…insane…your brother is in the reserves, are you not aware he may be deployed? Yes, but…I was a very self absorbed person, I was a very ridiculous, insane, selfish, unaware, you name, you call it, that was me…I don’t care at this point…I know now, I am aware and I want you to continue (no matter how hard it is, no matter how painful it is) to be aware so that it is not only our troops and our troops families who have to bear the burden of our war.