Part of the comic Cartland. Steve’s friend Frank admits that he’ll be enlisting in the Army after they graduate high school, deploying Steve’s imagination to a distant battlefield vaguely reminiscent of a World War II newsreel. Animated using stop-motion photography; drawn with charcoal, conte, and graphite on paper, 24x36in.
Artist’s note: Inspired significantly by the work of William Kentridge, ‘The Pentimento of War’ seeks to comment on the nature of war, as imagined by a teenager whose only experience with the subject is via popular culture. Set in a pastiche of World War II newsreel propaganda, Steve’s imagination leaps into motion and away from the panels of the comic, responding to an emotional hurdle never before encountered: the prospect of his friend being killed at war. The piece seeks to apply the term pentimento – the visible evidence of earlier work beneath layers of a drawing or painting – to warfare and its participants.
Jon Dorn: Artist, Animator, Director, Writer, Editor
Brad Glanden: The Narrator
John Philip Souza: Music