Last Sunday, February 17, 2008, Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia, sparking tensions in Belgrade and the Balkan region, sending chills in Europe and across the globe. The declaration marks another historic moment for the week-old country’s storied past including the very turbulent ’90s. One American artist poignantly captures that very painful era in his work, Yellow Boots, Kosovo. This accomplished writer slash painter slash brilliant illustrator (Hellraiser, X-Files, Tales from the Edge just to name a few) from the Tar Heel State, is known for his biting anti-war commentary as reflected in many of his masterpieces. Once, he wrote, “As a species of this planet, we are an anomaly. While we are the only species knows to have created a written language, e are also the only species known to participate in actions the contribute to our own demise.” In his blog entry, dated February 18, he wrote: “I have been following the situation with Kosovo lately and read that they have declared their independence and been recognized by western nations. I realize that the separation of Kosovo is painful for some and joyous for others, but I am hopeful that there will be acceptance and peace instead of the bloodshed of a decade ago when Albanians and Serbs were being killed on a daily basis. This piece was done after reading a story about a child killed with her yellow boots still on. It was the first of many anti-war pieces that I did between 1998 and 2001.”
See more of Bill Koeb’s works here.