black walnut, electronic components, short-wave radio, plexi-glass, pigment, tape
102 x 27 x 32 inches
If you avert your eyes from her severed hands her voice will be lost forever. Mutilation to terrorize and control people during the Sierra Leone civil war of the 1990s was a part of the ongoing brutal legacy of colonial activity. A figure trapped within a solid log, reaching out, appears to stand on a live radio. Short wave radio transmissions, tuned to a Sierra Leone radio station, emanate from her disfigured limbs. Much of the time there is the static of inadequate signals. A dilemma is presented. If one cannot face the frightening evidence of inhumanity, by listening to its survivors, how can there ever be freedom from the recurrence of terror?