I Shot

I Shot

2020, Colored Pencil and Graphite on Paper

82.25 X 70.25" The name of each person drawn is someone from my childhood. The guns progress from old and simple at the top, to newer and absurdly powerful in the center, to the final two guns at the bottom, which are from a video game and cartoon. I thought of this as a counter to the argument that media violence is a gateway to actual violence – maybe the real reason we shoot each other is not the fault of cartoons, but that guns have a vast and complex ‘real’ history (personal, military, police, constitutional) which has, in turn, led to contemporary proliferation of personal weaponry, violent video games, and the comic shootings in movies, tv, and cartoons. As the violence escalates from left to right and top to bottom, the patterns become increasingly complex, following the Fibonacci sequence. Shots multiply and grow in regular, predictable increments, as if the recurrence of human violence is inevitable. The final line loops the piece back to the start as I implicate myself.

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