Looking out of my back window, I see a pile of
bricks. They were purchased a couple of years ago for the purpose of forming a
garden border on the side of the garage. Rose bushes would follow a painted
trellis while brightly colored petunias would peek over the edge to greet the
lawn then something happened. The foundation of the garage became unsettled,
and it started to lean. Much structural work needs to be done before the bricks
can fit in their place.Such are
lives affected by war. They want to fulfill their purpose, but their foundation
is shaken, and they wait to fit in. Some become weary of the wait, and never see the beautiful
Mixed Media Artist and ClaySpace Student Sally Monkus has two pieces in the "8030: remembering 22 veterans lost every day" exhibition in the ClaySpace Gallery until May 30. All proceeds from "8030" will be donated to the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans, a 501(c03 nonprofit organization, founded by Vietnam War veteran Bob Adams and Gulf War veteran Dirk Enger. It is located in Wheaton. Sally's pieces are still available for purchase.
awareness of the daily military losses through suicide is alarming and
emotionally upsetting but presents a powerful call to action. I am grateful to
be considered a participant in this worthy endeavor to make the public aware of
this devastating daily static.
ago, I walked on the Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, and was struck by the
tremendous losses that occurred on that beach and others along the Normandy
coast on D-Day 1944. The sounds and waves were quiet and peaceful but strewn
everywhere were deep blue mussel shells washed upon the shore. This setting
struck an emotional cord within me of the events that took place that day 70
years ago. And the mussel shells reminded me of the countless losses incurred
that day. I came home with a pronounced understanding of war and its effects.
sculpture piece for the 8030 Project is representative of a “wave” of loss.
Twenty-two clay shell impressions are imbedded in the clay wave to represent
yesterdays losses and twenty-two cast clay shells are attached to the lower
section of the wave to represent today’s losses and twenty-two collected shells
including mussel shells from Normandy, France, positioned on the sand are
representative of the twenty-two losses predicted for tomorrow."
In the ClaySpace Gallery as part of the exhibition "8030: remembering 22 veterans lost every day." In our gallery for the month of May.