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TD Gillispie

Artist Statement Submitted 2020

Throughout our lives we all struggle for freedom. War may be fought internally or externally. Innocence is lost....Let the battles begin!
The series "War Stories" started with the thought of how we struggle independently with internal battles as well as external wars. Regardless of age, we want to be beautiful, accepted, successful, loved, etc. As we grow and develop socially we get wounded, we heal, and so on.
Children are given aggressive role play toys at a young age, including violent video games. Loss if innocence is quickly forced. This collection is a juxtaposition of innocence and violence. There is a subtle nod given to positive verses negative, both in thought and actuality. In all aspects of life we need to remain positive to be effective, but it is frequently difficult to dodge negative thoughts like bullets.

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