An American Legacy
By C. David Thomas
Wellesley, Massachusetts: C. David Thomas, 2009. Edition of 10.
9.25 x 11.125 x 2.75" closed; 30 x 24" assembled; 20 puzzle pieces. Printed using archival paper and ink on an HP Photosmart Pro B9180 printer. Pieces mounted on felt and handcut. A 4-page full-color pamphlet (7 x 9") contains the colophon, edition information (including images of all 5 variants), and the artist's signature. Housed in black linen box made by artisans in Hanoi, Vietnam. Illustrated title label on lid.
Agent Orange is one in a series of five artist's puzzle books by C. David Thomas. Each in the series is an edition of 10. Each deals with composite images that come from the Viet Nam conflict.
C. David Thomas, introduction: "Agent Orange is the code name for a herbicide and defoliant used by the US military in its Herbicidal Warfare program during the Vietnam War.
"According to the post-war Vietnamese government, 4.8 million Vietnamese people were exposed to Agent Orange, resulting in 400,000 deaths and disabilities, and 500,000 children born with birth defects.
"From 1961 to 1971, Agent Orange was by far the most widely used of the so-called 'Rainbow Herbicides' employed in the herbicidal warfare program. During the production of Agent Orange (as well as Agents Purple, Pink, and Green) dioxins were produced as a contaminant, which have caused health problems for those exposed during the Vietnam War. Agents Blue and White were part of the same program but did not contain dioxins."