After returning from the war in Iraq I became increasingly haunted by how the media in America is portraying our military’s actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, especially the inconsistency of what I remember and what is being depicted in the news. Transfers of War explores how the civilian population of the United States may grow to remember the current War on Terror without having firsthand knowledge of what is happening in these conflicts. The original source images are taken from major printed media outlets such as the New York Times, LA Times, and USA Today. These photographs are printed at a size of five inches by seven inches and transferred to another surface that is then scanned and digitally printed at thirty-six inches by fifty inches.
The alteration of the image pushes the scenes away from the horror that they portray and prompts viewers to experience a range of conflicting emotions and to discuss the reality of what the image narrates. The final images are presented in triptychs mounted to aluminum. The original content of the prints is still discernible, but the image quality has been degraded through the transfer process. When the images are viewed up close the subject fades, and the viewer is able to see beautiful crystals of color that disappear as the individual retreats to re-view the content of the images. There is a conflict between the beautiful image that I am creating and the brutality depicted in the original image. The discrepancy between beauty and brutality illustrates the difference between the reality of war and the understanding of what war is from the media’s point of view.
Pasted onto the walls these images will be subject to removal with the audiences assistance. Participants can use fingernails, coins, or other objects in there possession to scrape the images off of the walls. The essence of these photographs cannot be removed from the walls and our memories, although the clarity of reality is constantly being degraded and in flux. Remnants of the images will lay on the floor as they are left by the participants.