afghan (unfinished)
acrylic on wood
2 x 4 x 2 m 
6’ X 12’ X 6’
(intended length 30.5m/100’)
© 2007 k stephen griffith
afghan was first conceived during the u.s. invasion of Afghanistan in October of 2001. its form was inspired by the industrious yet impoverished afghani families of brick makers throughout the country, who spend each day fabricating hundreds of clay, sun-dried bricks. as an added personal meaning, the form of this piece is reminiscent of checkered afghan blankets that my own grandmother would knit for me as a child.

as was the case with the knitted blankets, the appearance of afghan is meant to convey the promise of warmth and protection, a promise that is soon broken due to its porosity. afghan’s distorted shape and point-of-view dependent color-shifting quality is also a commentary on the ambiguous feelings many had for this war, which was primarily motivated by a primal need for revenge after 9/11, but which also facilitated the removal from power of a brutally oppressive regime.
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