This portrait of Ned is mounted on 6’ marine ply wood. It is about the still continuous protest of US Troops out of Korea, Vietnam, Nicaragua. Each war was crossed out and another one added. Today we could add Iraq to the list. See front of sculpture.
He had cut his hair which was odd & I used it to stuff the birhday cake card, symbol of being made to cut your hair and men where drafted depended on their birthdate- a lethal lottery.The hair reminded me of Jewish art work in Israel. Attached to the cake is a postcard from Nicaragua showing half a body with spine exposed taken during the war. The crutches I cut in half when I saw that’s how they treated amputees in underdeveloped countries.The barbed wire is symbolic of Jesus’s crown of thorns of the continually persecuted and war barriers. The xrays symbolise going to hell- the devil finger points down. Pun on Guns & Roses. I got the animal spine from the ground at home and it was glued to the work.
.t is a free standing 6’ sculpture.
From the exhibition “A Room Full of Men”, Images Gallery, Glebe 1984.
It was later stolen from St Leonards in Sydney. If you see the sculpture any where bubble mail me please.
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