"I have long been preoccupied by the idea or war and its mechanisms. Understanding how people function, how they lead us into situations. To reevaluate the war. Though World War II happened in relatively recent history, my idea of it came mostly from my readings and from my grandfather’s stories of the time. I am familiar with the wartime images made by German artists (Arnold Gros, Kate Kollwitz, Otto Dix, etc.); they had a huge impact on me, but somehow they always seemed to be too illustrative, which is somewhat natural, as they lived during and survived the war. "