A disclaimer first. During the spring semester I wanted to incorporate images of my time in the military and flowers. These works are not a commentary against the military, our men and women serving our country or the wars we are engaged in. The military images have personal meaning for me. I love photographing flowers My professor challenged me to combine these elements into my semester final project.
These works are test pieces for me, because I have my senior show next spring semester. I want to figure out what to have in the show. The pieces allowed me make and to test underglaze colors and celedon colors to determine what will and won't work during firings. I had a great time making these pieces and it brought back tons of memories. I hope you enjoy my take of my time in the military with a bit of a "Mother Nature" spin.
|Pink M-16 and Flowers|
|Flowers and Grenade|
My next project was incorporating my dog tags. I also want to some way incorporate my great grandfather's, grandfather's and my dad's dog tags in the next project. I am still contemplating the design.
|My dog tags and a For-Get-Me-Not|
|My Rank During My Time in the Army|
The next two bowls are of the vehicle I worked with while I was at Fort Hood.
|TLQ and Flowers|
|TLQ, Flowers, Peace and Love|
A gas mask and flowers. The first image is just in black and white and flowers were suppose to be blue and purple, but they didn't fire right, so I will have to use a different underglaze when I color the flowers. The second gas mask I love! I wanted to somehow incorporate camo in my images and I loved how this turned out and the colors.
|Mask and Flowers|
|Camo Mask and Flowers|
I wanted to do a series of plates with my combat boots (I know weird, but I miss how comfortable my combat boots were and how much a part of your life they were). The first plate is a nice looking boot with a tree full of flowers depicting the enthusiasm and how "gung ho" I was when I joined. The second plate is an old and tired looking boot with a dead tree and only one branch showing a sprig of life. This depicts how I felt when I left the army - worn out and disillusioned.
|New Boot and Flower Tree|
|Old Boot and Dead Tree|
The next three plates are just ideas I was playing with. One is an effigy to a scale because I freaking hate being weighed! There are some stupid things I did to try and make my weigh ins and I refuse to do it now! The next plate is of my 4th ID patch and a life cycle of a flower. The last plate is of a pick, chains and a wall and on the other side of the wall is a key. I thought if I just got to the other side of the wall it would be all better (becoming a civilian) but the other side of the wall has its own set of problems.
|Effigy to a scale|
|4thID Patch and Life cycle of a flower|
|Pick, Chains, Wall, Key|
The next two bowls are of what I did in the military and an issue I had with one of my troops. My job in the army was a Russian linguist, though I mostly worked in the motorpool or was out in the field. The image of the barrel of a gun and bullets was the only image I could come up with to show what happened with one of my soldiers. I was his squad leader; he was my responsibility. It is accurate, but fear not, I wasn't injured and defused the situation successfully.
|Headphones, Russian, Flowers|
|Bullets, Barrel of a gun, flowers|
|Outside of the bowl with bullets|
|Layout of 21 Gun Salute|
|Close up of Taps|