Opinion Topic #1-War in Art
"War is Hell,"-General William Tecumseh Sherman.
War is a sensitive topic in human history, there has never been a time in recorded history where there was never a war being fought over something somewhere in the world. Large wars are typically used to define history e.g. "The Civil War Era", "World War II and I Eras", The Cold War Period", "The Cold War Era" (My home country has been involved in ALL of these major conflicts), war brings out some of the worst in humanity but is celebrated widely by the political elite and poor classes and everything in between as a means to bring glory to an individual or country. As glorified as it is, war serves to tear apart families and nations and should logically be seen as a last resort, however, this has almost never been the case with countries going to war over petty things or in the name of greed and ego. War has been one of the largest, if not the largest driver of technology, arms races paved the way for many civilian technologies we see today from motorcycles to microwaves.
I portray many fictitious wars in my art and each has a deep story to it and complex reasons for why they are waged. I enjoy portraying war at its grittiest, blood and gore take center stage in these pieces. While I wouldn't say I'm a total pacifist, I understand war is to be used as a last resort.