Friend Army
In Hopes of My Brother's Safe Return


Laurents, Matthew Bennett

Studio Specialty



Full size



Work Type



Ceramic, wood, paint, & other assorted materials.


8' x 4' x 3'

Artist Statement

In 1997 a seven year old boy was taken from his bedroom in the middle of the night. An elderly woman who was walking her dog after having a fight with her husband claimed to have seen him float across the sky holding the hand of a winged and wig-wearing creature that she could not identify. Another witness—the daughter of an oil tycoon who was out past her curfew—claimed that he and another boy (he wore glasses, his hair curly) had run past her, laughing wildly. Yet another witness—a convict recently escaped from prison and hiding somewhere behind boulders—claimed to have seen the boy running through woods, clutching a young rabbit to his chest, afraid but determined. The boy's parents were never concerned, as they were sure that he would return after completing his errand, whatever it may be; the authorities found this suspicious. The boy's brother, another boy who wasn't there before, was left with an empty heart and with the desire to become an artist.

Annual Collection


Laurents, Matthew Bennett, “Friend Army or In Hopes of My Brother's Safe Return,” Lewis & Clark Senior Art, accessed December 10, 2016, https://library.lclark.edu/seniorprojects/items/show/4111.
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