Peter Sullivan by NationalVeteransArtMuseum published on 2013/11/14 20:32:47 +0000 "I think it has a lot to do with my ability to communicate effectively when I meet people. I’m kind of an introvert. Sometimes I have a hard time really talking about heavy emotional things with other people, so art allows me to do that. Shortly after my discharge from the military–at that point was when I realized that I had some stuff that I needed to get out and turned to art to help me with that. I spent twelve years in the National Guard Infantry and came out and realize that through the process of dehumanizing other people, in my case folks in the Middle East. By dehumanizing them, I had also been dehumanizing myself because I felt that I had been led into what was essentially hatred for these people, and likewise for myself. The piece attempts to connect with people in a way that would deconstruct what I learned in the military. In thinking about the piece prior to making it I was thinking of what is the best way to reverse this hatred of other people. I thought that the simple phrase, “I love you,” was, in my mind, the best way to do that. So setting it against the mirror as an attempt to really let people who look at it know that I’m speaking to them, and I also wanted them to know that they’re worthy of their own love. It’s from me to them, and hopefully from themselves to them."