Armed About

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A friend of mine asked me why there were so many paintings of guns. Not till he mentioned this, and after going through my work. Realized he was right. At the time, the idea was the proximity to the USA. The gun was large through moves and shows on television. All actions seem to require them. As a child, we used to play war, mimicking the show we watched, as a way to come to terms with them. These images are allowed, but if a female nipple is shown, the world will end. This idealization of guns, especially in the USA, this fantasy false history as parts of freedom propagating the masculine identity, a mythology of misogyny and toxic masculine. Embrace the sad, pathetic faction as a way of adding meaning to their vacuous lives. In fact, the right to take a shit is a far more important right than the right to carry a gun, which is why so many keep one in the bathroom. Embracing myths that are endowed with mythology and violence that all advertise a conception of their own hallucinatory cultural identity.

Whether my work makes some leeway into this story, kicking holes showing my personal feelings, might ooze out of my artwork.

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