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Premonition of Barrel Bombs (Syria)



One looks into a medium, John Dee’s black scrying mirror, water, or in this case pigment. 
The shapes form themselves on the page. 
The bombs are loaded and dropped. 
Black pixelating devices transmit the image. 
An image of barrel bombs. 
The picture arrived first. The image came second. 
People on the ground forever transformed. 
Could the making of the picture change the outcome of the image?



Sterrett Smith, Premonition of Barrel Bombs, 2015. Courtesy the artist.




Sterrett Smith

STERRETT SMITH is an artist who lives and works in the Hudson Valley with her husband David Levi Strauss.


The Brooklyn Rail

APR 2016

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