The Bachelor Party

Spring 2008 Senior Thesis Exhibition

Gary Lester

 

In my latest work, I de-glorify war by using toy figures in scenes that depict the tragedies of combat. My inspiration for the project comes from something that almost every young boy has grown up with: the G.I. Joe action figure. G.I. Joe is the model of the perfect soldier. He is strong. He is always brave, and he never dies. He is perfect.

That is not reality, however. People are not perfect. People are not always brave. Most of all, people do not live forever. Growing up with war-related toys such as G.I. Joe skews our perception of what life in combat is really like, and what it means to be a soldier.

 

Gary Lester
 

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