Tribute to the Fallen

A fitting show has just opened for this November 11th.  Associate Professor Vita Plume of NCSU’s College of Design unveils her ongoing project of woven detail portraits of Canadian and American soldiers killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2002.   Now numbering more than 300 portraits, the images are produced via a multi-step process involving digital photo manipulation and computer loom weaving in conjunction with hand dyeing.    Stark and striking while bestowing dignity through the use of the fallen’s own selections of commemorative portraits,  the series is also amazingly stark in its tactility and physical presence – the sheer number of them all on display can be a bit overwhelming so go prepared.  More to come on the work after I sit down and speak with Vita in the coming days in further detail about her approach and process but for now, a few of the images alone and a moment to think about what they represent this Veteran’s Day…

Fallen Soldiers will be on view in the Brooks Hall Gallery at NC State University’s College of Design through Nov. 19, 2011.

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