Can’t Wash it Away
24″ T X 48″ W X 5” D
“Can’t Wash it Away” explores the social impact of suicide by gun and how it effects those left behind and was created as a response to a gun buy-back project and a partnership between the Minneapolis police and Minnesota artists. Pieces of the dismantled guns were used as a catalyst to create works focused on gun violence.
My research revealed that citizens of the United States own over 50% of the guns on our planet of 7.7 billion people. Why? The population of the United States is 330,000 million. The U.S. homicide by gun statistics are frightening – over 14,000 in 2016 – but the research that knocked me off my chair was the suicide by gun statistics – over 20,000. Who chooses this exit and why?