FEATURED in Mixed Media
FEATURED in Vibration in Art and Verse – VAVoom!;Genre: Paint, Pen, and Pencil ~ Dec. 2010
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mixed-media charcoal pencil, graphite pencil on tracing paper
This morning I awoke to the story “Remains of 6 killed by Afghan cop come home”.
I was inspired by the news of this story but also the image of United States soldiers carrying one of the caskets that held the body of either Jarvis, Gassen or McLain who were three of the six slain by the terrorist. These soldiers’ families gave permission to have the media photograph what I can only imagine had to have been an extremely devastating moment when their loved one’s bodies where brought home to them.
They allowed media to watch and photograph the transfer of caskets and I thought to myself how it must have also felt for those who carried those caskets.
I thought of the weight of those caskets, the one’s who carry them must feel a very heavy load and must feel so much as well.
So my portrait today is not of the brave soldiers who came home today, it is of the brave soldiers who carried them home today.
I chose to make my portrait using two mediums because of the two ways I feel of this moment and how one may not know how those who I have depicted may really feel at such a moment as they carry a person they once knew on this earth…
I chose charcoal to represent a darker, deeper emotion for a solemn occasion such as today-I chose graphite because of it’s unique characteristics just as each of these soldiers were unique and each of the soldiers who carry them home have unique feelings at this particular time, this solemn ceremony and how each feels about their role as they carry the soldier…the souls of these soldiers in my mind are free and for me the light, shiny characteristics of graphite represent a feeling of being free and ethereal.