War causes pain and distortion. World War One produced many
wounded soldiers. Many documented photographs showed very alive soldiers with
the worst wounds ever imagined. Their very face was distorted to the point of
no possible recognition. These victims had a formless face.
Monotypes are a challenging medium to create
representational form. Taking this handicap into consideration, I used it as an
opportunity to create portraits of these wounded soldiers. The intent was to produce
the most formless, abstract shapes to create something that had an implication
of a “face”. There were originally thirty
monotypes created. Only these few survived.