FEATURED in Multiracial Beauty
Today I want to show how cultures combine. I mixed media as a way of visually conveying a mixture of cultures and feelings and emotions.
The ink pen, soft pastel mixed with water to represent the Afghan woman huddled on the street of Afghanistan that represents for me a person who must protect themselves or at the least be strong in a sense to put up a barrier to wonder, “who can one trust in my own country?”
Her shield of sorts flows all around her in color.
The watercolor pencil combined with the mixture of soft pastel and colored ink pen I chose to use allows me to convey a softer side, a vulnerable aspect of a soldier in a combat zone in a country is not his or hers.
The foreign soldier must gain the trust of civilians in order not only to not be killed but to help them to help the civilians of the country. The foreign soldier is not violent towards the Afghan woman. That is how I have portrayed the soldier and that is my personal perspective of the majority of foreign soldiers in a war where insurgents are shown to do more atrocities against their own country people than any foreign soldier.
Just the presence of war in my opinion can never be comforting it can only be intimidating. It is up to the civilians to choose who they trust.
The Afghan woman is here because it is her country and there are insurgents destroying her country, there are foreign soldiers who possibly in her perspective are destroying her country.
That is why I show you to her shrouding herself, in a way protecting herself even though no one in this portrait of a soldier is intimidating her.
Foreign soldiers are sent from many countries to come to her aid.
I wonder if she knows they are there to help her and I wonder why she might show herself. So much confusion occurs in war. Who does one trust?
I just know that for myself our war soldiers do not want to control this woman and do not want to hurt this woman because I know from my own family members who are sent to serve their country to help countries who are oppressed, who are treated so poorly by terrorist from their own country, oppression by their own government or to say that their government may be so poor or poorly run that the civilians need help.
I hope they both realize how much they need and rely on each other.
ink pen, soft pastel, watercolor pencil on watercolor paper