Several weeks had passed since I’d heard from Wichita artist Michael Pointer, teaching dental technicians the ropes in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Because of the escalation of suicide bombings in Kabul, I was more than a little concerned for his welfare, so last night I tracked down Michael’s father Ed Pointer, who has his own work exhibited at the Upfront gallery on east Douglas.
Ed had talked with Michael on Monday, he said, and he was doing fine, at least as of Monday.
This morning I received an email from Michael with some of his recent pictures. Here’s a slide show with Michael’s commentary below.
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“As an artist I am heavily influenced by the environment I’m in — it just comes through in my work. However, while many of these images are rather emotionally dark they are not necessarily indicative of my mood here. I find living here very exciting and intensely interesting so my worst mood is for most people what would constitute a very good mood. The ecstasy of my good moods is the energy I use to create.”