One cold evening in January, writer Joshua E.S. Phillips visited Eli Wright at an art studio in Branchburg, New Jersey. Wright works with the Combat Paper Project there – a veterans art collective that transforms pulpified military uniforms into handmade paper.
Phillips has been talking to U.S. soldiers about detainee torture and abuse for the past decade.
Wright is a former combat medic who served in the U.S. Army in Iraq from 2003 to 2004. During his tour, he says he treated Iraqi prisoners after brutal interrogations.
Wright’s art helps him cope with these experiences.