From the moment he first put knife and chisel to block and re-created images of war, Bruce Carter has defended his woodcut prints to those who would much rather forget the brutal, bloody past.
Carter was drafted in 1952 into the army and assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea. "In art school, they emphasized your own perception," he said. "I went right from that into the Korean War. It was so brutal and so frank and so horrible."
In his cluttered campus studio, a map of Korea covers one wall, and a photograph from his Army days looks out from a desk. Stacked alongside his woodcuts, most of them cherry blocks measuring 12-by-24 inches, are dozens of magazines from years past. One, dated April 12, 1968, features the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on its cover.
His series on the Holocaust, exhibited worldwide, shows the tortured faces and broken bodies of those who survived Nazi death camps and those who did not. His more recent series on the Vietnam War underscores the mental toll.