Scars are not only physical in nature, yet they are just as real and enduring as the scars on the body.
The woodcut technique used to create the image is a central conceptual approach adopted by the artist, that adds to the starkness and brutality of the scene as it serve as a metaphor for the psychological and emotional disfigures that war can inflict upon individuals and societies. The rough lines and deep cuts in the woodblock give the image a sense of depth and texture, as well as a feeling of physicality and weight.
As the viewers are confronted with a series of scars etched that create the artwork. These scars are a visual reminder of the damage done by the war, both to the landscape and to the people who have lived through it, representing a merging of two identities or two sides of a conflict. It symbolizes the idea that, despite being on opposite sides of a war, individuals are more alike than they are different. Introduces a sense of intimacy and vulnerability to the artwork, suggesting a closeness and an emotional connection between individuals.
‘Roads Less Traveled’ challenges the viewer to think critically about the nature of war and its impact on individuals and societies. By exploring the complexities of human identity and the lasting scars of war, the artwork invites us to reflect on our own assumptions and preconceptions and to consider the true cost of conflict.
Ultimately, the journey after experiencing trauma and bearing scars is a deeply personal and individual one. However, scars are also a symbol of strength and resilience, a reminder that the human spirit can endure even in the face of unimaginable hardship.