Guernica: U.S. Made is an artwork that I began working on shortly after the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Although I was only 18 years old at the time, it was obvious to me that this invasion would only lead to more problems. I had even suspected that by killing and displacing Iraqi civilians, through this war, that only more terror would come. What I didn’t know was just how out of hand things would get. Since then, the United States government has directly and indirectly (proxy wars) gotten involved in a series of other wars and conflicts (all in the name of fighting against Terrorism and oppressive regimes).
It seems that terrorism has grown stronger, as a result of this. When Guernica was bombed by the Nazis in 1937, the country was already embroiled in civil war. Just as the U.S. government has done many times, and continues to do, the Nazis had decided to bomb Guernica as a measure of picking a side, and supporting the Spanish right-wing nationalist government. It is believed by many historians that, in the cases of Guernica and Hiroshima, both the Nazis and the U.S. government wanted to see how much damage they could do to a targeted city, via bombing. It is particularly obvious that this is true in the case of Hiroshima, because Hiroshima was left untouched by the U.S. until the infamous 9,700 pound atomic bomb was dropped.
Guernica: U.S. Made was completed in 2016 and is a war protest piece, just as Picasso’s Guernica was. My assertion is that we need to stop attempting to overthrow governments, around the world, because this only leads to instability that we cannot control (at the cost of countless lives and quality of life). At 96 x 70 inches, Guernica: U.S. Made is my largest single-piece wall-hanging artwork, to date.