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MEDIUM: mixed media in ink, pastel on bond paper

I made a portrait today of one of an effigy of soldiers lost in combat in our war which I feel very passionate about and it is an effigy I hate.

Hate is a strong word. So I chose to use strong colors and strong gestures to express my emotions.

I use the word hate because I feel strongly that this tribute to our brave soldiers is one that to me personally does not do them justice.

I am not familiar with the symbolism that it holds so I am just a lowly civilian artist that speaks from the heart and from the visual interpretation of what impact it has on me.

Objects like the helmet, gun and boots symbolize nothing to me of a lost human being, a soldier, a person who sacrificed everything-life, family, so much to fight for their country and died for their country.

To be reduced to objects of war, in my opinion is a travesty and an injustice to the human being who wore those objects.

It saddens me and when I am sad I get emotional.
So today I made this portrait because for the umpteenth million time I have seen this tribute and for that same count I am sick of it because it upsets me so much to bow down in tribute to objects that a human being who had the honor, the courage, the strength, the valor to serve our country be reduced to the objects of war.

Do not ever reduce anyone I know in our war to these objects ever. For the people I know who are in our war are human beings, they are fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, friends, brothers, sisters and soldiers.

None are just the remnants, the objects of war, the place we lost our loved ones.

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