Artist Statement: The Veterans Freedom Mural

April 1, 2015

 Veterans Freedom Mural, Getting Back to the World, is a multidisciplinary mural project which explores a veteran’s process of transition when returning back to civilian life. The design imagery was derived from group dialogue and individual conversations [throughout January, February, and March 2016] with veterans, the professionals who support their transition home, and community members from Wilmington.

 

Veterans Freedom Mural, Getting Back to the World, is a multidisciplinary mural project which explores a veteran’s process of transition when returning back to civilian life. The design imagery was derived from group dialogue and individual conversations [throughout January, February, and March 2016] with veterans, the professionals who support their transition home, and community members from Wilmington.

 

The design depicts the silhouettes of a contemporary returning veteran greeted by a senior veteran. The two figures are connected by a ripple effect, which illustrates both proud and traumatic experiences in wartime. These ripples illuminate how veterans return fundamentally changed from the experiences of their deployment. The design also recognizes the history and importance of women in the military, highlighted by imagery of the Women’s Army Corps. The path of a military transport returning home guides the viewer through the mural’s stories, ending in the heart of a Wilmington community and family.

 

Getting Back to the World seeks to promote understanding of and empathy for military personnel and their experiences. This public project seeks to provide a voice to veterans as they share guidance with those returning from service and those struggling with their transition back into the community. A portion of the design is already devoted to writing and testimonial quotes from veterans who were interviewed by the artist. In honor of the unique bond between all servicemen and women, there is additional space for our local vets to contribute advice and affirmations to future veterans.

 

- Eric Okdeh, Lead Artist of the Veterans Freedom Mural

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