I Pray for Blindness
2009
Screen print
22” x 15”

In I Pray for Blindness, a camouflage pattern is overlaid on top of a newspaper clipping that has been simplified into its most definitive shapes or silhouettes. The image includes two young boys standing next to a bombed out bus. The original caption for this photo described how a bombing killed at least 11 people that week in Baghdad. Without this caption I question how the meaning of the image changes due to the masking of the photograph with the camouflage print. By trying to decipher what is happening on the picture plane the viewer can seek out the image or just allow the figures to blend into the mix of organic shapes thereby creating an abstraction of the newspaper clipping and its original context. I am interested in how the camouflage becomes a metaphor for political strategy and the idea of hiding.