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boy soldiers, Iraq war, propaganda,

Description

"Dulce et Decorum est,.." was inspired by an antique photograph of five young boys wearing World War I era uniforms posing as soldiers, this painting was begun after Operation Iraqi Freedom. This photo served as a springboard to contextualize my artistic concerns: the similarity of messaging used to encourage young men to sign up for WWI and the Iraq war, along with the terrifying burden of boys wanting to be men confronted by the horrors of war. This painting was inspired by British WWI poet, Wilfred Owen's poem, "Dulce et Decorum est, Pro Patria Mori ".