Part of The Reflections On An Age Of Anxiety Series. War Child is a Digital Collage that cries out at the thought of a simple political or tactical miscalculation leading to the spread of war. Tensions mount at global flashpoints when the worlds most powerful militaries engage in posturing behaviour with one another. Flashpoints occour where countries spheres of influence overlap and a struggle for dominance ensues. For instance the naval collisions and near misses between China and the USA in the disputed islands of the South China Sea, Russian military aircraft probing British airspace, Mounting tensions in the Middle East over attacks on Oil Tankers in the Strait of Hormuz, the recent downing of a US drone nearly resulting in American military action against Iran, these all carry a real risk of large nations blindly blundering towards disaster.
Part of the Reflections On An Age of Anxiety Series. Not Just Collateral is a Digital Collage which picks among the rubble of repeated airstrikes on residential areas. From the very first intentional bombing of a civilian population at Guernica in 1937 during the Spanish Civil war, through the London Blitz, Dresden, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and on to the modern day use of Predator Drones and Precision Guided Munitions in Africa and the Middle East; Innocent people on the ground have been wounded and killed in the destruction wrought by powerful Nation States competing for resources and influence. Collateral Damage is the De-Humanizing euphemism used by military forces to create an emotional distance from the fact that it is Human lives and not just material property which are being destroyed by these acts of aggression. They are Not Just Collateral. . . They are Human.
Part of the Reflections On An Age of Anxiety Series. The Brinksman's Horizon is a Digital Collage which stares at the growing threat of Nuclear proliferation on the Korean Peninsula and the wanton use of threatening, provocative language by A Brinksman in Chief at the United Nations Congress this week. In spite of potent economic sanctions the Regime in North Korea have recently made rapid advancements in both the destructive capactity and range of their nuclear weapons. In just the last few months North Korea claim to have successfully detonated a Thermonuclear Device orders of magnitude more powerful than the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Whilst more recently they have launched a ballistic missile over Japan casting a terrifying light on the traumas of that Nations recent past and setting the world on edge. Communities on the West Coast of America such as Long Beach and Ventura County are now actively planning for the possability of a Nuclear Strike with "Duck and Cover" style public service announcements re-appearing on television. All the while International tensions are flaring into open hostility with President Trump's warning that he may have no choice but to "Totally Destroy North Korea" at the U.N podium. Gimme Shelter!!! Lets just hope more level heads prevail.