This work began after the 2003 American invasion of Iraq.  My feelings are hard against this shortsighted and blundered undertaking.  My response was a fleet of sculptures depicting momentary aspects of war through the figurative and literal edge of satire.  Toy soldiers, dolls and balls relate to child-like fun.  Seashells refer to an enjoyable beach experience.  The manner I context these objects reveal an edge of playful aesthetics and a sinister disposition

 

WARRIORS IN THE HOLD
Toys, Wood, Apoxie Sculpt, CA Glue, Acrylic,
11”H x 28 ½”L x 6”W, 2006-2007

 

Warriors in the Hold has a troop transport massing of humanity like so many pawns being thrown at an enemy.

LA CARGA DE CAJONES
Various Balls, Wood, Acrylic, Apoxie Sculpt, CA Glue,
8 ”H x 25”W x 5”D, 2007, Wall Mount

 In La Carga de Cajones, for one to have “balls” implies the necessary over-arching machismo to commit oneself in battle.

SHELLED
Shells, Patina, Sealer, Wood, Apoxie Sculpt, CA Glue,
12”H x 26”W x 5”D, 2007, Wall Mount

Shelled plays off artillery as a means to inflict casualty on an enemy and civilian population.

ARMS
Toys, Game Parts, Wood, Apoxie Sculpt, CA Glue,
11”H x 22”W x 4”D, 2006, Wall Mount

Arms juxtaposes the pawn soldiers with blown-off and amputated limbs from combat.

LA CARGA DE CABEZAS
Doll & Toy Heads, Wood, Acrylic, Apoxie Sculpt, CA Glue,
8 ½”H x 25”W x 5”D, 2007, Wall Mount

La Carga de Cabezas is the physical human cost of reprisal beheadings that occurred after the Iraq invasion.

 

 
 
Chris Nitsche | Savannah GA | 912-898-7584 | chrismel@bellsouth.net