“War exposes the divide between who we think we are and how we behave in extreme situations” -Sheri L. Snively
I recent had the pleasure of corresponding with an amazing female veteran, Sheri Snively. Her work as a Navy chaplain, and her father’s 30+ years of military service motivated her to immortalize her experiences in a book about Iraq. “Heaven in the Midst of Hell,” is written from her unique position as a chaplain moving amongst the Marines in Ramadi and Fallujah. Her pictures and accompanying stories are taken from real lives, conversations and moments of respite in a war where moments of true relaxation are sometimes never seen. Accounts taken from both the frontline and those tasked with trying to save the ones who sacrifice themselves helped develop a contrast that is the unmistakable mark of war on the human condition.
Sheri took all her photos on a pocket camera, never expecting to have an opportunity to have them published and shown at national art exhibits. Sheri’s unique perspective and chance photographs tell an unforgettable journey of the human spirit.
Sheri, along with 17 other women veterans will be showing their photographs, paintings, sculptures, and spoken work at this year’s annual art event celebrating SHOUT! Art by Women Veterans at the Women’s Building in San Francisco on May 9, 2012 from 6-10 p.m.