A transfiguration of a traditional toy depicts veterans whose lives are forever changed by battle.
In a sobering piece, the creative minds at Dorothy have transfigured traditional toy soldiers to convey the unrecorded casualties of war. The art is a reaction to a piercing 2009 article in the Colorado Springs Gazette detailing the depression one battalion of soldiers endured in the aftermath of their tour in Iraq. The art is moving for evoking imagery with a contemporary base, but transcendent for culling out the myth perpetuated to our youth surrounding heroism in war and violence.
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In July 2009, the Colorado Springs Gazettea published a two-part series entitled “Casualties of War”. The articles focused on a single battalion based at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, who since returning from duty in Iraq had been involved in brawls, beatings, rapes, drunk driving, drug deals, domestic violence, shootings, stabbings, kidnapping and suicides. Returning soldiers were committing murder at a rate 20 times greater than other young American males. A separate investigation into the high suicide rate among veterans published in the New York Times in October 2010 revealed that three times as many California veterans and active service members were dying soon after returning home than those being killed in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. We hear little about the personal hell soldiers live through after returning home.