In this painting, we see through a gun sight that a village has been targeted. The close-up of a young girl from the village, seated quietly beside a window reminds us of the humanity behind casualty figures. If we are to end wars, we can’t allow ourselves to see violence as a remote abstraction. The painting was done for the benefit of American Friends Service Committee in 2007.
Lillian Moats is a Chicago area writer, artist and film-maker. The award winning animated art films she has produced with her partner JP Somersaulter have appeared in festivals around the world. Her fourth book, The Letter from Death (Three Arts Press, 2009), includes a foreword by Howard Zinn and 20 evocative full-page illustrations by David J Moats.