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The Body of War by miss-keirston The Body of War by miss-keirston

     This piece was created to represent different aspects of war for each body part. Government, generals, and other powerful influences in war are represented by the head. A family and flag are seen on the torso. Powerful guns are shown on the right arm to exemplify the fighting, violence, and destruction. On the other side, the left arm shows peace. Medics and veterans of war are the legs of the body. 

    Starting with the background a photomontage of Kiev Maidan Square during war and before. The image was featured in an article title #WEAPONIZED ARCHITECTURE. Leopold Lambert was explaining that “each city has the potential to become a battlefield”. (1) The color scheme chosen was red, white, and blue. It is ironic (and convenient) that the background follows this pattern.

    A Family is shown where the heart would be and a flag is placed just below that. The family is considered to be the center of war. It is why soldiers go to war – to protect their families and those they love.  The flag is also in the center. It represents innocence, hardiness and valor, vigilance, perseverance, and justice. These should be the core of what we fight to protect. 

    Our Next, the head symbolizes leaders in war. These are people such as presidents and generals. The eyes have light coming out of them. This can be interpreted one of two ways. The first is that light is coming out because they are informed and provide a light to follow. The other is that they are blind to the people and only care for resources. In the book, Slaughterhouse-Five a point Kurt Vonnegut makes is the importance of sight. (2) An opening in the head is metal making the head almost like a machine. Words coming out of the opening say: Honor, Loyalty, Courage, and Freedom. All of which, are important values Americans hold. 

    The right arm includes an explosion, 2 sniper rifles, an assault rifle (banned in the U.S.), and 2 submachine guns. All these are war guns made for killing humans. Not all are banned in the U.S. but they likely wouldn’t be used for hunting animals. This was placed on the right side because it is generally stronger and is shown favor in the body.

    The left arm includes doves and olive branches making the clear idea of peace. Flowers are added for effect. 

    The right leg has medical snakes as well as the medical symbol on it. These are the medics and they are placed on the legs because they support the rest of the body. Without the medical side of the military, we would be unable to go to war from lack of soldiers.

    The same goes for the left leg: veterans of war. Without their willingness to go fight for us, our freedoms would not be where they are now. On the leg a chain is seen. This is represented by the physical and emotional burdens our soldiers carried. As seen in Tim O’Brien’s book, The Things They Carried, this is a prominent motif. (3) Physical burdens are listed by the author in great detail. The rest of the book talks about emotional loads such as: love, fear, shame, longing, and grief. These emotions continue to be carried by our veterans long after theirs service has ended. 


  1. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2016. 
  2. Vonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse Five. N.p.: Delacorte, 1969. Print. 
  3. O’Brien, Tim The Things They Carried: A Work of Fiction. New York Broadway. 1998. Print. 


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February 18
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