11" X 30". graphite on paper. Nov. 2013.
The fox is both predator and prey, making it a tantalizing target in hunting circles: Hunters enjoy a sense of bravado in killing a fearsome natural predator (albeit of small mammals and birds). In these drawings, animals confront the user of the gun, integrating with and subverting the instrument of their own destruction.
13" X 30". graphite on paper. Dec. 2013
Hunting with fire arms is central to issues of gun control. The right to bear arms exists in the United States for this purpose as well as the protection of home and family. These drawings question the viewer's relationship to this rational for the legalization of guns. They ask us to consider the concept of violence and its role in our lives by referencing the practice of hunting, which has existed since the beginning of time. They are meant to provide questions rather than answers. By addressing societal insecurities tangentially, we can gain an approach to sensitive topics that are, after all, fundamental to the cycle of life and to our sense of morality.
These universal issues effect all people—in fact, all life forms.
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