"The Dark Side of Dazzle is an installation of ceramic sclupture and paintings that took me two years to complete; the largest piece is a 24-foot-long battleship made of clay. It was first shown in 1986. The ship is accompanied by two other pieces. One is a life-size female figure, towel-clad and approaching a bathtub containing a four-foot model of a battleship. The other is a sink and medicine cabinet with door ajar; inside are three small battleships. The ships are colored witha design that is called 'dazzle camouflage.' Dazzle camouflage is a bright and wild pattern that was used during World War I. It was found to be a successful camouflage because it confused one's judgement of direction, distance, and speed. Arranged around the ship are wooden chairs so people can sit and listen to taped war stories. I collected these stories from my father and friends who are veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. I've edited the stories to include all kinds of experiences...sad, humorous, and adventurous. 'The Dark Side of Dazzle' is about the dark side of seduction. The seductive visual qualities of the piece are juxtaposed against the destructive traumas of war. I use the bathroom as a symbol for a safe and private place. But in this age of high-tech nuclear and biological warfare there is no safe haven, so that even in the bathroom the seductive battleship intrudes." (Lysohir)
The original object was scanned as a TIFF file on a Nikon Coolscan 4000 film scanner at approximately 4000 pixels on the long dimension. A 300 ppi JPEG file limited to 1024 pixels on the long dimension was then added to the CONTENTdm database.