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Little Hiroshimas

Forthcoming in 2024

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Artist Statement


          after Hiroshima by Janet Sobel, 1948

Every artist destroys

one thing to create another.

You destroyed a pristine canvas

to re-create the destruction

someone believed was needed

to restore peace to the world.

And though your painting

does not reflect like a mirror,

the face that stares back at me

through irradiated hues

of yellows, reds, and blues,

transforms and fuses

into my own face, a creator's

face and the face of a destroyer.

In the end, every work of art

is its own little Hiroshima.

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