Posting from Radio Netherlands at: http://www.rnw.nl/english/article/when-art-recycles-conflict
27 year old Iraq war veteran Drew Cameron literally recycled his past by shredding his military fatigues into tiny strips and making them into paper, on which he then wrote or made images in many different formats. Some of those stencilled images echo British graffiti artist Banksy, whose signature use of militaristic imagery and the apparatus of the state could never be far from an ex-serviceman’s mind.
Drew served in a US army artillery unit during the 2003 invasion and was haunted by what he had witnessed. After he was discharged he learned paper making techniques from a local artist when he settled in Burlington, Vermont. He then began to use his new skills as a way of processing his experiences of war. Drew had discovered a way to find catharsis and to express his opposition to the ongoing conflict in Iraq.
And now his scheme is taking off across the US as his Combat Papers Project reaches out to other former soldiers, from many different conflicts, troubled by the memories of dead friends and the psychological damage that goes with active duty