Saturday, February 09, 2008

A Salina, Ks art exhibition to feature casualties of U. S. military.

Priti Cox
712 Custer St.
Salina, Kansas 67401
New artwork to show in Salina, Kansas includes portraits of first 3000 troops to die in Iraq, also commemorates Iraqi victims.

On Friday, February 29, in preparation for the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, the artwork Unfinished Portrait by Priti Cox will open at the former McCune Paper Company building at 254 N. Santa Fe in Salina, Kansas.
A hybrid painting/installation more than two years in the making, Unfinished Portrait features portraits in acrylic gouache of the first 3000 US troops who died in Iraq following the March 20, 2003 invasion and, with a vast black surface, mourns the loss of innumerable Iraqi children, women, and men who have died as a result of the war.
The invasion and occupation have produced many terrible statistics – statistics that have been used to argue both for and against continuing the occupation. Unfinished Portrait reinterprets the war's death tolls in a way that places the viewer face-to-face with the victims, and it prompts us all to look very differently at the suffering that has been caused.
Priti Cox is an artist from Hyderabad, India who came to live and paint in Salina in 2000. Her works in gouache have shown in Salina and Lindsborg. She has been working exclusively on Unfinished Portrait since December 2005. The Salina opening will be the first showing of the piece. The opening will be held Feb. 29 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.
Enter from Fifth St. at the rear of the McCune building. The work will remain on view from the opening through Mar. 9, from 10 am to 6 pm on weekends and 5 to 7 pm on weekdays.
Media contact information:
For more information, to interview Priti Cox about Unfinished Portrait, or to arrange to see the work at other times, phone her at 785-404-6847 (home) / 239-272-5556 (cell), or email

To view images from the piece, visit

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