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Exhibition of Memorial Concepts

Artist(s): Mark Bullard, United States

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Proposal Title: An Ironic Reconciliation, 10/15/2008, Mixed media

Proposal Synopsis: The concept of yin and yang is used to describe how seemingly opposing forces are bound together, intertwined, and interdependent in the natural world, each giving rise to the other in turn. The yin and yang symbolize the dichotomy of life's forces, both positive and negative - for without one there cannot be another. This irony of dark and light offers reconciliation through stark contrast, and thus the symbol of the yin and yang becomes an appropriate memorial to the lives and deaths of those civilians who have suffered from the grievances of war. To physically represent the emotional reconciliation discovered through irony, contrasting material objects with similar material elements are found on opposing sides of the yin and yang. Within the dark yin can be found pieces of broken buildings, shredded trees, and war-ravaged military vehicles, all brought from the Middle East. The light yang contains the pure, white sand and palms that portray a paradise unaffected by the detriments of war. This duality is both grotesque and picturesque, both depressing and uplifting, both obscene and appropriate, and most importantly both utterly wrong and perfectly right.

Artist's Biography: A fifth-year BLA student at the University of Georgia, Mark is involved with many student organizations on campus such as the Georgia chapter of ASLA, Georgia cheerleading, Children's Miracle Network, and Blue Key. He was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and plans on continuing his education in a master program somewhere in the Southeast. His dog, Charlie, is a German shepherd/boxer mix and loves to run around and meet new people. Mark's favorite book is The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.

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