Love and War is a series of compositions inspired by war history. On a tour of a military history museum I stood amazed at mannequins modeling uniforms and posed in vignettes demonstrating America's conflicts.
The impact was powerful to me and so was the message: war is personal.
War is discussed on territorial or financial or political terms. Perspectives are kept global and attention to the impact on the life of the solitary soldier minimal.
So these compositions represent war experiences from the most personal perspective.
The mannequins may be frozen avatars with fashion faces dressed for battle but they do a good job standing for those who fight for our freedom. They stand for our forgotten war fighters and our forgotten wars and the forgotten reasons we go to war.
There is a heart in every composition and it stands for love: another reason we go to war.