Unfinished Portrait attempts to bring us face-to-face with the consequences of the US led invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, for all - the soldiers fighting these wars, the soldiers returning home, the civilian populations of these war-torn countries, the predicament of accused Wikileaks whistle-blower Bradley Manning, and Truth.
This outdoor work is time-based, with each presentation starting in daylight and ending in darkness, and has four elements:
Passport-size faces of fallen American soldiers rendered in acrylic gouache in desert camouflage colors on 12 x 12 inch panels. Installed on the ground on a bed of sand, the painted portraits face the western sky. As the sun sets, the portraits fade from view.
Scattered among the faces, camouflage squares represent the new face of modern warfare — suicides among combatants and veterans.
The blackness rising in the eastern sky represents the hundreds of thousands of the people of Iraq and Afghanistan who have died since the invasions of their countries.
In the hour leading up to total darkness, four members of the community walk up to the front of the panels, and facing the western sky begin reading accounts of the tragedy that has enveloped both, the people of Iraq and Afghanistan and the invaders.
To learn more about this project please visit: unfinishedportrait.com
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