“My Country, ‘Tis Of Thee”
I have an equal fascination and healthy fear of firearms. We are surrounded by them in this country. My aversion to firearms is what prompted this series. An attempt to get over a fear.
The sheer number and different styles of guns we produce is fascinating (and disturbing) to me. Each weapon is designed to do one thing, and one thing well: fire a projectile at a high velocity with the pull of a trigger. As objects, some of the solutions are undeniably elegant, some clunky, some clever, some pure function, and some are absolutely imposing. Each manufacturer has approached the design and function of the weapon in a way that creates a unique character for each piece. The attention to detail, materials, engineering and design is marvelous.
I painted each weapon at actual size and faithfully in their detail. I approached them as portraits.