Saturday, April 13, 2013

Honoring the Subject of War

"A Letter Home"

To create an image is to lose oneself in the reality of that image. To draw a beach is to be at the beach. To draw an explosion is to feel the complexity of an explosion. To draw a figure killing is to be that figure pulling the trigger. To draw a clown is to pull forth a laugh. To draw a glimpse of an innocent just beginning to experience war is to attempt to imagine what one can not know unless one is there. Therefore to draw war is pulling from every intense experience in ones life and know it is not nearly intense enough. To draw war is to know failure. But within the drawing of the subject of war the artist gets to lift an arm and do a respectful salute and hope there is an element of reality in there somewhere.