Guns in America
Gun control is a volatile issue in our country. America’s pervasive gun culture stems in part from its colonial history. But do guns make us more safe? In the United States civilians own almost three million guns – the highest total and per capita number in the world. More than 60 percent of people in this country who die from guns die by suicide. Mass killings in the United States, as with the most recent event in which a gunman killed 50 people and injured 53 injured in Orlando, Florida, are repeatedly carried out with legally obtained guns.
A Nation at War
Inspired primarily from photographs from the New York Times and Boston Globe, my drawings in gunpowder and graphite are a testament to recent history. Focusing on the small details in difficult imagery, I aim to distill, encapsulate, and visually present complex issues of war with equanimity. As an American experiencing wartime conflict from a distance, my work is an attempt to comprehend and humanize the tragedy of these mediated events.
I use gunpowder as a metaphor for the human potential to create rather than destroy, and my work elucidates the potential for peace. Even in images of conflict, I represent the emotions common to divided sides, demonstrating the possibility for tolerant understanding and nonviolent resolution.