Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

By Kathleen Cammarata

The flower is a climactic occurrence in time before deflowering takes place. A gunshot or a bomb is the same. Flowers are given by her in memory of him, by us in memory of them. After 9/11, after Sandy Hook, after, after, ever after.

Art
“Where Have All the Flowers Gone?”
By Kathleen Cammarata
Sun, Aug 7, 1–5pm
Alameda 6
Colonia San Antonio
Free

In memory of the many, I made 13 mixed media drawings. I began the series shortly after the Paris bombings. I continued simply because I could not stop. Then the Orlando shooting occurred. And I continued.

As I worked, the Pete Seeger song, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” played in my mind. I had sung this song many times accompanying myself on guitar through the protests of the Vietnam War. Never did I imagine war would wear a different face. The song is circular. It begins with flowers picked by young maids, the maids picked by young men, the young men become soldiers, the soldiers buried in graveyards, the graveyards return to flowers.

In the drawings one can see the explosion, the smoke, the spattering, and the dropping of lilies, petunias, magnolias. One can see a single black hollyhock from the back falling from the burst of black, red, and ochre paint. One can see 21 pink roses descend like a necklace from the darkness. One can feel the beauty and the remorse. The drawings are a reflection on the brevity of life.

This work can be seen at Esperanza Studio on Sunday, August 7, from 1 to 5pm. Alameda 6, Colonia San Antonio or by appointment: katcammarata@gmail.com.

 

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