[~ i just noticed possible 'threads' hanging down the middle from the central screw also. i suppose that is the life force simply draining from the gauze? all in all, still amazing. i'm also struck by how the piece screwed in is so much like a piece of meat. that too is shocking and scary, just for the dehumanizing of the man-made suffering + pain inflicted. on the other hand this painting could also reflect our carnivorous tendencies to our animal brethren and all that stuff too. babbling again. i've been looking @ this for almost 1/2 hour now. there's a reason for that. sometimes, what appears so simple can be so devastating. such is this.]
~ now that. is scary. it says so much w/ so little. i really like how the 5 big screws intimate the head, two arms, the legs, w/ the bleeding canvas as the tortured, pained and suffering body of the victim of War [usually the innocent]. the smaller screws are the hands, begging for mercy + supplication. the background evokes, to me, the grimy mud of the trenches, burned out craters and the shade of lead - in the bullets, machinery and metaphorical heaviness of your subject matter. not sure about the significance of the "threads" though. i could go out on a limb and if i'm digging (but not too deep!), they could represent the two lifelines of our humanity: the Heart + the Soul - how they are so fragile. how they appear limp instead of taut w/ Hope. they hang resolved and slack to their fate of their Despair in the suffering they see and feel. also those rivets (screws) seem appropriate how War IS a process. a mindful state of willful destruction + chaos. a "turning", if it's not too obvious. even the subtle blood colored drips/splashes add to your piece here.
i'm really feeling this. i apologize for droning on + projecting so much into your work but this is really powerful to me. i've been looking thru my archived Art In America magazines dating back to 1985 in the last few days and i must say - if i saw this in an issue on a full page gallery ad i would not be surprised and be just as affected. it's that good.
Anselm Kiefer + Jannis Kounellis come immediately to mind. two of my favorite artists.(please google for images? you may see what i am alluding to) This is a empathetic and powerful statement. Thanks.