"SHIT" by William Kent, (Amer., 1919-2012)
Slate Print, 1966, Ed. 8/50, on various papers and fabrics, 12-1/4" x 31-1/4", signed, dated and annotated "Artist's Proof" in black ball point pen, on red and white striped fabric, a vibrant impression of this large print by Kent. One of the artist's Gravestone Series, essentially an anti-war series created during the Vietnam War. In this instance it has been suggested that "SHIT" may refer to the first, and sadly sometimes, last thing a soldier may say when wounded in battle. Those who thoughtfully study this image may draw a mortal reference for themselves from the colonial winged death's head surround. The red and white stripes could symbolize blood flowing through the veins or the flag being fought for. As is common with the texts in Kent's work, there exist both superficial and deeper meanings which may first read as humorous, until one begins to realize the context and gravity of the situation being presented.