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U is for 'Uniform Code of Military Justice'

U is for 'Uniform Code of Military Justice'

Materials: Cast bronze
Dimensions: 21 x 31 x 12 cm

I protected my country from ‘enemies both foreign and domestic’ as an electronics technician in the United States Navy from 1973 to 1979. My introduction to Australia followed a memorable ship’s visit to Sydney in 1975. When I graduated from high school I planned to study visual arts at the Rhode Island School of Design but didn’t have the funds to pay for it. After serving in the military for a specific period of time the US government would pay for the veteran’s tertiary education. So I joined the Navy to go to art school. But I came to Australia after my enlistment finished; had too much fun in a variety of jobs; and forgot about the program until it was too late and it had expired. As a result, my professional visual arts career had a 30 year delay. I only had one small encounter with the US military legal system, the UCMJ.

Exhibited at Aptos Cruz Galleries, 'evolving elements', September/October 2010