the silence that I wish to hear is merely a whisper now

Frustrated with Veterans Affairs and the bureaucracy I tore the photographs I took during my tour in Afghanistan into small pieces.  As I stood over the scattered mess I started to laugh because it looked like camouflage and all I could see was irony. I chose to sit with these feelings and began to tediously sew the small fragments into a large camouflage net using embroidery thread.  On January 11, 2015 I wore nothing but the camouflage net and stood on a beach with my back to the camera. I stood until I was numb from the cold and let go of the net.

Camouflage, torn photographs and embroidery thread, 8ft x 6ft, January 2015.

The silence that I wish to hear, Performance Still, Photograph, January 2015.

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