Untitled (Custody), 2010, gunpowder & graphite on paper, 40” x 50”

Gunpowder & Graphite

The drawings in gunpowder and graphite are a testament to recent history. The subjects of these pieces were sourced from pages of the New York Times and Boston Globe during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. American soldiers, Iraqi women, protesters, children: I study and transpose the faces and the bodies of these individuals in my work. Focusing on small details in difficult imagery, I aim to distill, encapsulate, and visually present complex issues of war with equanimity. As an American experiencing wartime conflict from a distance, my work is an attempt to comprehend the tragedy of these mediated events. I use gunpowder as a metaphor for human potential to create rather than destroy.