Jessica Lynn

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I have collected photographs of Canadian Soldiers in Afghanistan from friends and from my own personal experience in order to create simple gestural drawings. I wanted to create an impression from the moment the photograph was captured; a distant memory. The memories I carry from my tour seem to be covered in dust, blurred and distorted. These gestural drawings provoke the tonality of the soldier's perspective, separating the identity that has been created by the evening news and detaching the negativity that is connected to our presence over there. I want these images to be raw and carry the emotion and weight that our soldiers carry on a daily bases through their deployments as well as their return home. I have excluded the identities seized in the photograph by clouding their faces. I have purposefully chosen to do this in order for the audience to ask who are these soldiers, since their identity is only seen as a whole and never as the individual.

Gestural Drawings

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