First Aid Kit 2011
Margaret I. Bellafiore, USA
|“First Aid Kit”,
an artist’s book, is a reflection on the damage caused by
car bombings in Iraq. I knew I wanted to use the actual container
for the covers as soon as I saw it in the trash. I felt there was
the need to address both the wounding and the healing. I interleaved
sterile gauze pads as a metaphor for healing.
I have been making work about war since 1992. It has included performance,
sculpture, mixed media and installation. I curated a show in Boston
called “War is Over, If You Want It”,
with Yoko Ono’s permission to use the title. I recently exhibited
a sound installation at Mobius in Boston called “Combat
to Campus”which explored student veterans’ transition
from deployment to college.