Sheridan O’Neal submits Wafaa Bilal
Bilal is mainly inspired by his political agenda and experience as an Iraqi refugee in America. Most of his work is either sculptural or performance art. He goes to the extremes through his art. For one of his performances, he surgically mounted a camera to the back of his head in order to comment on surveillance. He has also tattooed 5,000 red ink dots to represent American casualties in the Iraq war and then he tattooed 100,000 dots that can only be seen under ultraviolet light representing the forgotten Iraqi victims. I think that each of his pieces are so well thought out that they can connect with people on a personal level as well as political. I think that his performance art is more powerful than his sculptural pieces because of the use of his body and that he has become the art.