Describing demolished houses that have been bombed or bulldozed, I create translations of tragic events. The painting uses photojournalist documentation as a point of departure for the general composition and color palette. While keeping in mind the power of the photographic images in shaping political reality, I transform them into personal experiences with paint. The paintings hold within them the conflict between our expectations from images of destruction, and our expectations from painting: aesthetic pleasure and horror are mixed together, raising an ethical question about the role of art and the way one observes the pain of another.

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