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Archives: The Army Men - Project Statement One of my earliest and strongest influences was the work of David Levinthal, specifically his re-creation of WWII scenes using toy soldiers. While Levinthal used high quality toys shot in the studio under highly controlled conditions with a view camera, I found myself gravitating towards the much simpler and cheaper mass-produced plastic toy soldier shot on location using a toy camera....at least in the beginning. I spent almost a decade obsessing over my toys, putting them in a variety of situations from invading a beach, attacking an unsuspecting American city, to my MFA Thesis where I used them as a stand in for actual United States soldiers who were at the time in active combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. What started as a simple homage to one of my influences quickly turned into a metaphor that I found myself using for anti-war messages. As global conflicts continue to escalate, there may indeed be a return of the army men in the near future.