Martin Allman
Veruska Bellestri
Bill Bowers
Cathy Cade
Lee Campbell
Mario Chejab
Tyler Cohen
> Eliot K. Daughtry
Michael Derry
Jenn DeWald
Ben Fife &  Brent Armendinger
Jamie Griffiths
Kenneth Hemmerick
Eva Henneberry
Sherri Hepler
Valerie Jacobs
Shannon Jamieson
David Leroi
Libera Mazzoleni
Thomas Plagemann
Ricardo Regules
Lacey Jane Roberts
David Rodrigues
Tejal Shah
José Silva-Rosinhas
Lieve Snellings
Sandra Ortiz Taylor
Andrew Thomas
Skye Thorstenson
Christian W. Right
Lanayé Yriqui La Yaqui
Roberta Zerbi Zoppi

Eliot K. Daughtry

The Doughboy - installation
Trench Periscope - 2005
Trench Periscope - 2005
Eliot K. Daughtry

Eliot K. Daughtry

For a decade and some years, I’ve been working with an avatar who is a corporal in World War I. I’ve struggled to describe my reasons for working with imagery culled from a war that started before my grandparents were born. Suffice to say that anyone I know that spent time in the art and performance world in the late 80’s and early 90’s lost a lot of friends to AIDS, and that the battle to survive certainly left its mark on those of us still standing. We did our time in the trenches, doing fundraisers, fighting our own shellshock, and the seemingly endless death of our friends and family.

This experience, in combination with my familial history of civil service in the Veteran’s Administration, makes the concept of military-like service a powerful metaphor in my work. It also makes this set of pieces some of my most personal, and at the same time the most obtuse. While my other avatars and protagonists exist within more obvious narrative constructs, the Corporal occupies a stream of consciousness. The Corporal changes faces, shifting age and time, sharing only the insignia of the corporal and the backdrop of WWI within the many iterations.

I return periodically to work with the corporal, often during times of personal crisis, contemplation and conflict. Whether realized in drawings, glass or paint, I stop here to find strange comfort with my ghost, lost boy, and inner state. The Great War is long over, but the corporal remains.