Vezun (Las Vegas)
The concept for "Child Soldier" is specific and universal. It is originally a reference to child soldiers in Africa. I think these photographs of child soldiers in Africa are very powerful. They hold rifles and are sometimes amputees. So, we thought about making a piece that draws from this striking imagery. Violence is a problem all over the world. But, we thought that this could be a powerful image that relates on a universal level. And in turn, the final piece would be a universal piece not direct or specific to any one place or people. It is would be a piece that refers to a universal problem, kids at war instead of kids at play.
Shown here: "Child Soldier" - cardboard and paint