Photograph: Standard range target, Permanent marker, Glock 43, 9 millimeter handgun.
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I’ve been thinking about art and media. With all the talk of gun control in the news lately, it’s hard to avoid the question: To what extent are artists influenced by politics?
I know my choice to use a gun in this piece may set people off, but that’s a risk I’m willing to take. February 1st will mark 2 years since my little boy was killed by mutated genes.
Many artists have used controversial imagery in the name of social justice or progressive ideals. But this artwork does not attempt to address any such thing.
The target is the canvas. Bullets are the medium. Shooting is the process.
No liberal agenda here. No conservative agenda, either.
It’s an accurate reflection of my feelings about Cockayne Syndrome and what it did to my son.
And what it’s doing to children all over the world at this very moment.
There were no other materials that could’ve made this image as powerful. As accurate.
Honestly, it felt good to shoot up the name of this disease.
If you’re touting “gun control” these days, consider this: I drew my gun to draw my pain.
Who are you to take away my art supplies?