K.I.A. is an on-going series of works on paper that seeks to raise awareness of the incredible number of US lives that have been lost through the war in Iraq. This series focuses on US soldiers that have been killed in action since the start of the second gulf war in Iraq. Each work focuses on a specific state in the United States and the soldiers that have been killed in action from that particular state.
In a predefined area on a piece of watercolor paper, I intuitively begin writing each soldiers name that has been killed in action on a piece of Arches paper. The density of the drawing increases as one soldiers name is written over another. The dense black areas in the drawing are thereby created by writing each individuals name over another reflecting the sheer numbers of people that have been affected by war. The drawing is finished when the last soldiers name is written on the paper. The title of each piece reflects the U.S. state from which the soldiers originated (e.g. California, Texas, Alabama, etc.).