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In Iraq

2004, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 48Ē, by Jenny Badger Sultan

'In Iraq', acrylic painting by Jenny Badger Sultan. Click to enlarge

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.

Abu Ghraib; detail of 'In Iraq' by Jenny Badger Sultan.
abused prisoner in Abu Ghraib
Assyrian bas-relief of wounded lion; detail of 'In Iraq' by Jenny Badger Sultan.
wounded lion from Assyrian bas-relief
defaced poster of Saddam Hussein; detail of 'In Iraq' by Jenny Badger Sultan.
defaced poster of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad
Blood dripping; detail of 'In Iraq' by Jenny Badger Sultan.
dripping blood
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