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Artist: Kent Smith

Artist’s Statement: This piece is a response to Kurt Vonnegut’s book Slaughterhouse Five, a book that has been challenged or banned for various reasons throughout its existence. By allowing the “Poo-tee-weet” birds a ride on one of the Dresden bombs, we are given a visual to Vonnegut’s juxtaposition of serious and fatalistic subject matter with the satirical and the absurd. The image is both violent and humorous. “So it goes.”

Lacking Tralfamadorian four-dimensional vision, I chose the use of mixed media to connect the artwork to various points in history simultaneously. Pencils, watercolor, and other traditional media, give us a foundation in the past. The use of digital tools such as the computer, scanners and photography give us a view of the future. The overlap that occurs in the use of this mixed media allows the viewer to simultaneously see events past, present and future, all of which are connected to the original source of Vonnegut’s novel. Listen for the bird’s chirping. They continue to ask, “Poo-tee-weet?”

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