CASUALTIES OF WAR: Cari Anne Gasiewicz
Patchwork Quilt. 74'' x 92''. 2007
In the spring of 2004 I began a series of design projects that sought to visually enumerate and differentiate the growing list of United States military fatalities in the current Iraq War. These are projects that enumerate the total number of fatalities (quantity) yet strive to differentiate among the individual soldiers (quality). For the first time in the history of the United States women are fighting in a war zone as enlisted soldiers and as a result many are dying; well over one hundred as of May, 2009. The quilt above results from a process by which portraits of American women soldiers killed in the Iraq War are RePurposed from digital images grabbed from the Faces of the Fallen interactive feature on WashingtonPost.com into large-scale patchwork quilts. The fabric too is RePurposed from second hand clothing and upholstered furniture.
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KARL MARX LEGO
Die-Cast Plastic. 1.5" x .75" x .25". 2005.
A culture’s values can be transferred to children via innocuous looking toys: militarism and patriotism in the form of a GI Joe or sexualized, unrealistic body images promoted by Barbie dolls. Could a leftist, Marxist value system be transferred via an inoffensive RePurposed Lego figure?
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