2004, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 48Ē, by Jenny Badger Sultan
I started with the ogee grid, one of my favorites, which has always seemed Islamic to me though itís used in many cultures.
I didnít have a clear intent for the painting, but as I began throwing and spilling paint randomly on the canvas, war in the Middle East, and Iraq specifically, began to be the focus. The red spills were like blood. Since I donít watch TV I didnít have many visual references, so National Geographic and newspapers were the source of much of the imagery.
abused prisoner in Abu Ghraib
wounded lion from Assyrian bas-relief
defaced poster of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad