The Grotto

The victims of war are not sacrifices made as a means to an end of any kind, but in the most precise sense are both the means and the end in themselves.
~Elaine Scarry
These small figurative and portrait works are part of an installation The Grotto that was included in The Other Side of War. These ink and charcoal drawings hover between a literal and metaphorical depiction of the human form, imitating the difficulty of describing traumatic memory. Drawings are the size of vintage family photos, evoking those loved, scratched on fragments of paper, wrinkled perhaps from being stuffed in a pocket or enclosed in a hand.  Realism is fleeting; feeling remains, even as detail fades; traces of tenderness linger as if not to lose sight of  goodness in the face of catastrophe.