Our War: Day 124-20101202 by Cara Schingeck

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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.


  • Cameron Hampton
    Cameron Hamptonover 4 years ago

    I had a cousin killed in Afghanistan…well done.

  • Cameron, my heart and soul goes out to you and your family. Thank you for your generous spirit and your strength to share your comment with me about my artwork for this series.
    I appreciate your feedback very much and words escape me right now because I am so sorry for your loss, I feel the need to say more but it seems that there is no way to say to you how much it hurts or to understand your loss so – thank you for your comment

    – Cara Schingeck

  • rightasrain
    rightasrainover 4 years ago

    inspired! Ilove it Cara x

  • Hillie, thank you.

    – Cara Schingeck

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 4 years ago

    WOnderful work – it breaks my heart to see these poor young men coming home

  • Shulie, thank you for your comment.

    – Cara Schingeck

  • LoveringArts
    LoveringArtsover 4 years ago

    Powerful eyecatcher ! Cara …… Your work will shake up Redbubble ,,,,, pity the politicians don’t tune in ?
    Fantastic Symbolic Art my friend .
    Many thanks for your Gorgeous comment on my Joni Mitchell

  • Julesrules
    Julesrulesover 4 years ago

    before i read your written piece – i thought how perfect the charcoal was to the style & mood of this piece Gives the feeling of the physical as well as the emotional weight – thanks for sharing Cara
    Also my deepest sympathies to Cameron

  • Jules, thank you for your feedback and your kindness.

    – Cara Schingeck

  • oneartiststudio
    oneartiststudioover 4 years ago

    Powerful and moving work Cara.

  • Thank you Karen. I appreciate reading your feedback of my work.

    – Cara Schingeck

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosover 4 years ago

    Moving, powerful and incredibly poignant work.

  • Thank you.

    – Cara Schingeck

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 4 years ago

  • linaji
    linajiover 4 years ago

    Genre: Paint, Pen, and Pencil ~ Dec. 2010

  • Thank you!

    – Cara Schingeck

  • ©Janis Zroback
    ©Janis Zrobackover 4 years ago

  • Janis and all in the great artists in the Mixed Media group…Thank you!

    – Cara Schingeck

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