Artist Statement

An influential part of my life has been my journey through the Marine Corps. Having done two combat tours in Iraq, I have been confronted with many hostile engagements.  With the intense emotional exhaustion caused by combat, the struggles and experiences of war draws troops closer and develops a camaraderie that will forever live through many generations.  However, the effects of war often reaches beyond the battlefield and extends to influence family and friends.

The work created portrays symbols that addresses the cynical comedy of warfare and articulates the metaphors and experiences related to combat.  The purpose of my work allows for veterans and the community to engage in that dialogue and to visually connect with the actions our service members have faced overseas and at home.  By doing so, we continue to honor all that have given some and keep alive those that have given all.


All images and content © 2015 Thomas Dang