Earlier this year i was asked by Ella Rue if i would consider contributing a piece for the project 52 Reasons To Love A Vet.
I was hesitant at first and wondered if i could create something that would add to the conversation of how Veterans are regarded after their time of service. As i was typing a note to Ella to tell her that i was going to decline, i glanced over and saw a rejected sketch that was tacked upon my wall. At that moment i recalled reading as a child about the folks who would idly observe the battles of the American Civil War. Now i felt i had something to say, now i just hope it resonates.
There was a trend in the American Civil War and wars that preceded where privileged civilians would perch upon a distant hillside, layout a picnic and observe the battle. Although we no longer perch ourselves on a hill to watch with fascination, we still do watch from afar via our screens. I grew up with the views of night vision cross hairs from above as buildings disappeared in explosive flashes, with no evidence of lives being destroyed.
As I created this piece I reflected on how theatrical war can be framed from a distance. My Queen of Diamonds reigns over the battlefield as she births soldiers, mapping their movements while seemingly unaffected by their perishing. This unafection seems all too common.
The Queen of Diamonds is an archival C-Print of objects created with polymer clay, wire, foam, fabric and brass. The set consists of a painted backdrop, mud, and generic plastic soldiers.
The original sculpture will also be on display and traveling with the show.
Exhibiting at the Hunterdon Art Museum in New Jersey. opening Jun 12th 2016 2-4pm