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Robert Booth

Images of flag-draped coffins and televised reports of daily casualties from the Vietnam War permeated Robert A. Booth’s teenage years. “As a young man, the thought of being drafted into these circumstances had a profound effect on me,” Booth says. So did the sight of returning soldiers, who appeared to be broken by the experience of war. Today, as he watches soldiers return from Iraq and Afghanistan, he laments the physical and emotional scars that they bring home. “I think about those that come back, in whole and in part, with a keen respect for their capacity to endure. Many have had the rest of their lives changed in an instant, and they will have to rely as much on the resiliency of their spirit as they do on medical intervention to acclimate themselves to their future.”


Benjamin Wished He’d Seen the Bomb Drop

17.5 x 8.25 x 3.75 in.

Terracotta and Wood

Booth, a professor of visual art and new media at the State University of New York, Fredonia, focuses on ”the irreversible moment when the course of a life is irrevocably altered.” Though the figure faces a drastically changed future, he can’t help but look back, trying to remember that moment when everything changed -- a fixation many trauma survivors experience.