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View a selection of paintings that merge elements of oral history with art, created by New York artist Nina Talbot.

 

"These paintings are the unseen, expressive counterpart to the history of the Vietnam War. The paintings contain the individual and the war they served in, resulting in a portrait that reflects how a soldier’s identity becomes inextricably meshed with their wartime experience. Even more hauntingly, the paintings reflect that war threatens to obscure a soldier’s identity, swallowing it up in casualty statistics, politics, and devastation. In these portraits, soldiers’ faces are layered with wartime scenes, faces of friends who never returned home, and civilians from Vietnam. I have tried to bring these components to the painting surface. Elements of life before deployment, homelands, birth places, and triumphs made after war, remind the viewer that it is impossible to look at war without looking at the individuals who fought in it. The dialogue between the painting and the viewer is an encounter with the voice of someone who has lived through this episode in history." (From the Artist Statement by Nina Talbot)  About the artist

 

 
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