159 Canadian Soldiers / 180 US Soldiers
Cotton, polyolefin, handwoven, dyed, each panel (approx 8” x 12”)
Fallen Soldiers commemorates the thousands of soldiers who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan and all soldiers who have fought and died in service to their country. These ghostly portraits remind us that war is not only measured by words, like democracy and freedom, but also by all the lives that were and could have been… this is the true cost of war.
The complete work exhibits the eyes of approximately 2% of U.S. casualties who died in Operation Iraqi Freedom + Operation Enduring Freedom / Afghanistan and all of the Canadian casualties in Afghanistan.
Each panel shows the eyes of the soldier and their initials. A key to the exhibition provides their full name, rank, place of birth, and date of death.
This work is dedicated to the memory of Canadian Captain Jefferson Francis who was killed in Afghanistan in 2007 by an improvised explosive device. He was a young man of 36, with a six-month old baby, who dropped out of PhD program to become an unlikely soldier.
This piece is woven in memory of all soldiers who have been injured or have given their lives fighting wars and to their families and friends for the tears they have shed.
As current events in Afghanistan unfold, we acknowledge that these soldiers contributed to 20 years of education for girls and women and improved social conditions. We also must acknowledge the loss of life of Afghan civilians and security forces and the dislocation of refugees. How this will be seen historically has yet to be determined.
Woven with the support of North Caroline Arts Council, NCSU College of Art & Design
Studio Assistants: Gabrielle Duggan, Jenna Eason, Katelyn Sexton