Keith Holmes | Click on image for more details
Artist’s Statement The idea to print faces on bricks occurred to me in the early 1990s while doing fieldwork in Yugoslavia. The texture and color of the bricks came through the light areas of the image, integrating the expressive power of the portrait with the distressed surface of the clay. Printed on stacks of bricks, the fragmented faces suggested the dislocation of identity that takes place in a civil war, when ethnic conflicts tear apart families and friends as well as human bodies. The bricks also offered a redemptive metaphor—the idea of reconstruction and the courage, strength, and collective effort needed to rebuild a home, a family, and a community.