remarkable likeness with hard-edged industrial materials.
Behind her is a colorful, graphic depiction of a ghostly, winged death-angel with skeletal face firing a machine gun. Flames animate from the gun. The mechanical animator creates a cacophanous sound simulating machine gun fire.
"It is my response to the September 11th terrorist attack,” says Lakich,“and the breakup of my 15-year relationship. I felt vulnerable and needed to assert my power.” In Self-Portrait with Spectre she confronts one as a powerful Amazon, gazing directly into the viewer’s eyes.
Lakich created drawings for the sculpture at the end of September 2001 using a photo of herself taken by Richard Jenkins (co-founder with Lakich of the Museum of Neon Art) and the insignia of the AC-130 Gunship, which was one of the Air Force units sent to the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan. She completed the sculpture in May of 2002.
In July of 2002, an AC-130 Gunship fired upon a wedding party in Afghanistan killing 48 civilians and injuring over 100, mostly women and children. In keeping with Afghani custom, the groom was not to join the party until the next morning. He arrived to find he had lost his mother, father, three sisters and four brothers.
While not issuing a formal apology, President George W. Bush called the attack a tragedy.
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