November 11, 2019 | By Peter J. Buotte, MFA, MPS
As an art therapist, I get to encounter the invisible consequences of war each day. As an artist, this series intends to make visible the experience of today’s Wounded Warrior who was physically or mentally wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan from 2001 to the present. In another act of courage, each service member has selected a gesture and posed as a sculpture. This project embraces Veterans of all services, ranks, genders, and heritages.
“Invisible Wounds” takes place in the Texas State Capitol ground floor Rotunda in Austin. It will be open from Veterans Day, Monday, November 11 to Monday, November 18, 2019. A closing reception will be held on the South Steps, Saturday, November 16, 10:30 am -12 noon.
Please scroll through some of the digitally-rendered sculptures and photographs of US Combat Veterans experiencing traumatic brain injury and/or post-traumatic stress pieces being displayed in “Invisible Wounds.” This exhibit is in conjunction with the Austin Veterans Art Festival, a month-long arts event that features creative veterans nationwide.*Note: Each service member has participated voluntarily, signed an individual release, and has never been a patient in my service line.*
UPDATE: We asked Peter a few questions about his work. You can find his answers here.