Faculty mentor: Coco James
Artist’s Statement: My thesis for this project was that while some veterans of the Vietnam war may be able to make peace with the war, in most cases, scaring memories and long lasting mental and physical effects will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Whether it be through general insecurity about themselves and their surroundings, in the survivor’s guilt that purveys everyday life, or through general thoughts reminding them of traumatic experiences. This piece is inspired by the affect of PTSD and flashbacks on Vietnam veterans in the modern era. On the left side, it depicts the modern day veteran, in retirement, on the right, it shows his experience as a combat medic in the war, carrying a body bag to its destination. This signifies the visions that haunt many veterans every day, and which can make it very hard for them to lead normal lives without survivors guilt and memories of tragedy. I used the split perspective, as well the perspective of having one had in each “vision” to signify that for some, said memories become a part of every day reality.
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