Arms and the Man
2009, Single Channel Video
A combination of stop motion, live action and digital effects bring a collection of lead toy soldiers to life. Placing the figures in settings that are both familiar and unexpected I hope to highlight some of the consequences of the history of conflict epitomized by these lead toys. A victory parade is haunted by wounded soldiers and pockmarked dogs, severed heads roll across barren stages, and mutant horsemen gallop in slow motion down Manhattan avenues. This is not a critique of any one conflict but rather a reflection of a military adventurism that has marked the history of the world.