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Some years ago I lived and worked in the Middle East. As a result of that experience and other travels, prior to commencing formal visual art study, I created works that featured carefree images of people of Middle Eastern origin.
Melissa Usher

Issue #67, April 2004



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Some years ago I lived and worked in the Middle East. As a result of that experience and other travels, prior to commencing formal visual art study, I created works that featured carefree images of people of Middle Eastern origin, rich colours and patterns, birds, water, musical instruments, tassels, fragments of carpets, and embellishments of rich gold.

It no longer seems appropriate to make works like those.

Today, I'm deeply disturbed by the level of violence evident in the Middle East and in other parts of the world. There is not enough understanding of, or willingness to remedy, the causes of despair that can influence a young person to choose a fundamentalist path, even to the extent of becoming a "human bomb".

Little carpet dude by Melissa Usher

 


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Melissa Usher has previously contributed graphics to Bad Subjects, including the cover image of issue 63: Iraq War Culture.

Copyright © 2004 by Melissa Usher. All images copyright © 2004 Melissa Usher. All rights reserved.
 

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