All Dead, Gone Forever, Killed in Iraq
Digital painting.
48 in X 36 in.
DCA Gallery 03/05

This is a deliberately ugly painting.
Death is ugly.
We love to look at faces;
To read them;
To ask what kind of person is this?
There is a special area in our brains
Devoted solely to recognizing faces.
We see faces on the Moon;
On Mars;
In random paintings.
We love beautiful, robust, happy,
Smiling, but also serious faces.
We turn away from severe disfigurement.

This painting is ugly because these faces
Are chopped up, mixed up;
To represent the reality
That all these beautiful people
Are dead, deteriorated,
Disintegrated, atomized,
Gone forever,
For no good reason.
Death is ugly.


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