Thomas Dang



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Artist Statement

An influential part of my life has been my journey through the Marine Corps. Having done two combat tours in Iraq, I have been confronted with many hostile engagements.  It is through these struggles that the camaraderie between combat Veterans is so compelling.  Keeping close relationships with the members you served with is very important to all those who have been in combat.

The work created portrays a symbol of warfare that addresses the cynical comedy of warfare and articulates the metaphors and experiences related to combat.  The purpose of my work allows for veterans and the community to engage in that dialogue and to visually connect with the actions our young men and women have faced overseas.  By doing so, we continue to keep alive and honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.