Charlie Jean Sartwelle
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"AVIARY ARIAS: BIRD SONG"

Birding from my bedroom window each morning and listening to the beginnings of the day through bird songs, I bring my “Aviary Arias” to visual form through collage, paint and sometimes found objects. Jonathan Rosen writes in his book “The Life of the Skies,” “birds seem to possess something that transcends happiness or sadness--they simply are.” Aviary Arias is my meditation on life through the use of art making. ....

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"I HAD A DREAM"

Tribute to Matin Luther King, Jr. 
The Gabarron Foundation, Carriage House Center, NY., NY. 2008

Can we learn from history? 
Or, are we forever doomed to repeat it. 
        In 2004, accounts of abuse, torture, sodomy and homicide of prisoners held in the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq came to public attention. The acts were committed by soldiers of the 372nd Military Police Company of the United States (and possibly additional American governmental agencies.) The picture of a hooded prisoner standing on a box with electrical wires connected to his body is infamous. Satar Jabar, (charged with car jacking, not terrorism) was reportedly told that he would be electrocuted if he fell off the box. While the Army claims that the wires were not live and that the prisoner at no time was faced with electrocution, the prisoner himself later stated in an interview after his release that the wires were live, and electric shocks were applied many times. The 1913 image of Joseph Richardson lynched and the image of Satar Jabar shows that the human race is still capable of horrific and inhumane acts. Martin Luther King's “I have a Dream”, March on Washington address, became a healing mantra for these difficult images and still resonates hope for the future.



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Amistad: Texas Art in Peru, Museo De la Nacion, Lima Peru 2007

 "SCARLET IBIS" 30 X 36

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