mixed media, 2015 | life size
"Meeting Our Shadow" series
Ideation for Impact began with the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting in July 2012. The December 2012 events in Newtown, Connecticut reinforced the relevance and need to make the artwork. I contacted a rifleman to fire a variety of ammunition types from handguns and assault weapons at fawn figures. The figures record the effect of the projectile. The fawn sizes are based on first graders. The body positions of the wall mounted and floor tumbling figures are sensationalized as if the shots were just fired. The melodrama of these two are balanced by the realistic position of the third. The third was modeled based on a dead fawn. The installation references film, yet locates the event in actual space. This is key. We become witness, or taking it a step further, implicated.