More new work, hooray!
This piece is based on the ideas behind Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), the Mexican holiday in November. Its philosophy is that we are to celebrate death and those who died in a positive light during the holiday, instead of mourn for them. I took this concept and applied it to a soldier who dies in war. Do we celebrate him or her in the same way after a war is over? Do we glorify them or just forget they ever existed once they are no longer needed?
Using my thing for gas masks, I decided to decorate it like one would a sugar skull or a person's face during the Day of the Dead, as a tribute to those soldiers that die for our causes. It is up to the viewer to interpret whether or not we should be celebrating what they fought for.
EDIT: This can also be extended to returning soldiers who do not get the necessary respect and care once they return. I heard today in the news that the bill for veteran aid was turned down. So I'm not making this stuff up! They do need more reverence and respect.
Hope you enjoy! This was a fun one for me, I might do a few more
EDIT: Now featured in this journal! [link]