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Bloody Ground (series in progress)


Gettysburg I, Herbst Woods

Gettysburg I - Herbst's Woods, 2021, archival inkjet and acrylic on Belgian linen, 40" x 60"


Gettysburg I, Devil's Den

Gettysburg II, Devil's Den (Alpha), 2021, archival inkjet and acrylic on Belgian linen, 40" x 60"


Gettysburg I, Devil's Den

Gettysburg III, Devil's Den (Omega), 2021, archival inkjet and acrylic on Belgian linen, 40" x 60"


Our first impression of so many of the world's former battlefields is that of a serene, bucolic vista. But, as is true of every such landscape, the blood spilled in and around Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA on July 1-3, 1863 is hard to imagine. And it wasn’t the first time. The slaughter of indigenous Shawnee Indians by the Iroquois nation, over the same ground during the century prior, had been preceded by Shawnee depredations upon English settlers. This series explores the intersection of place, history and emotion, and questions mankind's need to perpetually soak our planet in blood, and what we have lost or gained through our bloodlust.