Step 1-sketch of "War Games"

Step 2- add Trump tweet

 Step 3 - add Jimi Hendrix quote

Step 4 - paint over-erase Trump tweet

              “War Games” 
             acrylic on canvas 32” H X 32’ W

  "War Games"

“War Games”  inspired by a smaller piece from my artwork series "Change" the piece“War Games” collage-marker, print on clear acetate on paper 15” H x 11” W.

I started the piece by sketching the outline and adding a tweet from Trump “I want to have a much stronger military. I want it to be so strong that nobody is going to mess with us.”
I then added a quote from Jimi Hendrix “ When the power of Love overcomes the Love of power the world will know peace.”
I then proceeded to erase Trump’s tweet and complete the painting.

The image is from a photo of a young boy mimicking the movements of the soldiers marching.
There is something amusing but also haunting to me with this parody by the young boy of the soldiers next to him. Boys particularly are exposed so young to what seems to be the fun of war games.

Wouldn't it be a wonderful world if we were as enamoured with creating peaceful solutions to world problems as we are to the business of war. When one thinks of the loss of life and devastation of war it is heartbreaking. There is a financial cost as well which diverts money from domestic needs ..caring for the sick, elderly, education, infrastructure etc..U.S. military spending dwarfs all other countries:

“The United States is responsible for 41% of the world’s total military spending. The next largest in spending are China, accounting for 8.2%; Russia, 4.1%; and the United Kingdom and France, both 3.6%. . . . If all military . . . costs are included, annual [US] spending amounts to $1 trillion . . . . The United States maintains 700 to 1000 military bases or sites in more than 100 countries. . . .”

According to the World Economic Forum.."the latest Global Peace Index report, finds that 2015 was a bad year for international peace and security. It recorded a further deterioration in global peace based on historic trends. 2015 witnessed the highest number of global battle deaths for 25 years, persistently high levels of terrorism, and the highest number of refugees and displaced people since World War II.

This violence had a huge cost. The report finds that the economic impact of violence to the global economy was $13.6 trillion in 2015 in terms of purchasing power parity (PPP). This is equivalent to $5 per day for every person on the planet, or 11 times the size of global foreign direct investment (FDI).

The world continues to spend vastly disproportionate resources on creating and containing violence compared to what it spends on peace. In 2015 alone, UN peacekeeping expenditures of $8.27 billion totalled only 1.1% of the estimated $742 billion of economic losses from armed conflict."

 

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