First Prize, Category: 2 Dimensional
Artist Statement -
Peace is inextricably linked to collaboration and sweat and sacrifice. People surrender parts of themselves, like the ingredients to
a balm, and the mediation between these ingredients synergizes into a force of will that is greater than the summation of its parts.
It can't be achieved by one person alone. In Iraq, car bombers target voting stations, hoping to squash the foundations of peace.
Al-Qaeda threatens to murder anyone who goes to vote. And still, one by one, Iraqis dip their fingertips in ink after casting a ballot,
symbolically adding their small measure of hope to the mix: less than an inch of flesh, a smudge of faith, everyman's duty in the tip of
This piece is charcoal, graphite, and acrylic paint on paper. During the process of making Baquba, I noticed my own fingers turn
black with charcoal dust. I wanted to document the marks so I laid out strips of packing tape and blotted the black stains from my hands.
These layers of fingerprints and skin cells are then laid like a film over the work, a self-made membrane that documents an intimate
sacrifice in order to create something larger, more complete.