4. Meet the Army’s only artist in residence, Sgt. 1st Class Amy Louise Brown.
5. Brown is part of a nearly 100-year-old Army Art Program meant to capture war in a way only an artist could.
In World War I, the Army Art Program started with eight artists who were sent to France to paint the scenes of war that could not otherwise be captured. They camped out in the battlefield and lived side by side with soldiers, eventually creating around 500 works of art. In World War II, the Army deployed 43 soldiers and civilians to create works of their own. The tradition of sending artist into war zones to record their perspectives has continued for every other American conflict to date.
13. And to show aspects of the Army that cannot be otherwise seen.
Instead of shipping back massive, IED-proof vehicles in Afghanistan known as MRAPs, the Army ordered the vehicles to be destroyed. The U.S. military demolished about $7 billion worth of material in Afghanistan. These breakdown sites were not open to the media, but Brown was able to observe and paint the process (above).
14. Brown jokingly calls this piece “Media Blackout.”
23. …and just like the rest of her predecessors, her work will be locked away in a warehouse where no one can see it.
The entire collection could be made accessible to the public, if the funds for a museum could be raised.
24. Until then, Brown will just keep painting…
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