"Kill Commies / Maypole" (1967)

"Kill Commies / Maypole," 1967
Gouache and ink on paper, 36 x 24 inches. Photo by: David Reynolds.
© Nancy Spero, courtesy the artist and Galerie Lelong, New York.

"The images of the severed heads in the war paintings are from my imagination. I had read about men who cut off their victims’ heads and stuck the heads onto the spikes of an iron fence. Or they cut off the ears. Terrible stuff. It was to make tangible the booty of war- what a warrior would take from a battlefield, dismembering his victims and using those parts as decorations for himself."

- Nancy Spero