"40 Years. Countless Tears."

 

I created this three-piece painting on April 30th, 2015 called "40 Years. Countless Tears.," reflecting on the bombing of Laos during the war. The first piece is the flag of the Kingdom of Laos used before 1975. The second is a U.S. plane dropping bombs. The third is the aftermath and reflective of the post-1975 flag of Laos. The work is spray-painted on canvas, 8 x 10 in.

 

Mary Keovisai was born in a refugee camp and grew up in San Jose, California. As a Lao American shaped through a history of imperialism and violence, she has centered her life towards the pursuit of social justice. Mary uses humor and creativity to deal with trauma. Her friends describe her as exceptionally adequate.