Elizabeth G. Kuhn

Somalia -- Barre's Legacy, 1993

Triple-weave pick-up with painted warps and wefts

44" x 35"

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Weapons have been used for millennia to wage war, creating hardship and misery for people.  Here the stern portrait of Somalia's recent dictator, Siad Barre, is surrounded by the bodies of dead children, who were the ultimate sacrifice of this war.  Implements of destruction, seen in the border, were stockpiled by Barre.  Given to him in political courtship by the governments of the U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R., they were subsequently used for the ravaging of his own country and people.
Exhibitions of Somalia -- Barre's Legacy
  • The Best of 1994 Exhibition, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio, 1994
  • Northern Lights, Park Inn International, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1994 (Image used on post card announcement)
  • Fiber '94: New Critical Attitudes, Textile Arts Centre, Chicago, Illinois, 1994
  • Craft America 95, Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, Connecticut, 1995
  • Fiberart International '95, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1995 (Juror's Choice)
  • Combined Talents: The Florida National 1995, Gallery & Museum, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, 1995
  • Synergy, Littman Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, 1996
  • Twelfth Annual Greater Midwest International Exhibition, Art Center Gallery, Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, Missouri, 1997 (Award)
  • International Juried Show '97, New Jersey Center for visual Arts, Summit, New Jersey, 1997
  • Show 5, Matrix Gallery, Sacramento, California, 1998
  • 11th Annual Fiber Arts Competition and Exhibition, Creative Arts Guild, Dalton, Georgia, 1998
  • Messages and Meanings in Woven Cloth, (MFA Exhibition), Gallery 138, Kent, Ohio, 2000
  • Dot's Art 2000, Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, 2000
  • The Woven Comment, Thomas More College, Crestview Hills, Kentucky, 2002
  • The Woven Comment, Ginko Gallery, Oberlin, Ohio 2003