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Concerning ConsequencesStudies in Art, Destruction, and Trauma$
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Kristine Stiles

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226774510

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226304403.001.0001

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Teaching A Dead Hand To Draw: Kim Jones, War, and Art (2007)1

Teaching A Dead Hand To Draw: Kim Jones, War, and Art (2007)1

(p.176) Teaching A Dead Hand To Draw: Kim Jones, War, and Art (2007)1
Concerning Consequences

Kristine Stiles

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines Kim Jones's representation of the Vietnam War in his art, including Teaching a Dead Hand to Draw. Jones has had the temerity and exceptional force of temperament, personality, ingenuity, and originality to teach his hand to draw. Through that act, in all its aesthetic variety, he continually overcomes the grief and memories of experiences beyond comprehension that are the legacy of the Vietnam War. This chapter also considers the ways that Jones translated the language of war trauma into the languages of art by analyzing his other works such as Khaki Marine Shirt (2005), Rat Piece (1976), and Self Love (1986).

Keywords:   art, Kim Jones, Vietnam War, Teaching a Dead Hand to Draw, trauma, Khaki Marine Shirt, Rat Piece, Self Love

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