Size: 16" x 24"
Paper: Rice paper
The tragedy of the Vietnam War created what became a famous generation of photojournalists covering the war.
Sadly, Dutch photojournalist, Hugh Van Es, 67, died this morning, May 15, 2009, where he lived in Hong Kong with his wife. His pictures, and many like his, particularly those of villagers coldly termed 'collateral damage' by the military, inspired me to recreate the helpless plight of the devastated families, as in REFUGEES.
Ambiguously, Liberty's flame in this one, the shape of Vietnam, refers to Agent Orange, a defoliation agent then being used by the military to destroy forests, spraying the enemy, the innocent, and military alike - a deadly dioxin that resulted in terrible birth defects, life long injuries and deformities. The cross within it, a nod to the many sacrifices made in this war.