I am honored to be a participant in the I.M.A.G.I.N.E PEACE NOW! project, which is the brainchild of the brilliant sculptor/metalsmith Boris Bally. The I.M.A.G.I.N.E acronym stands in for "the Innovative Merger of Art & Guns to Inspire New Expressions." The project includes nationally and internationally recognized artists who transformed disabled guns into compelling art objects.
Over 30 people in the United States are killed every day with guns. Over 150 people are treated for gun-related injuries on a daily basis. This topic is one that needs much more attention from artists and the general public.
The project involved four esteemed jurors:
Emily Zilber, Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Monica Moses, Editor-In-Chief American Craft Magazine
Shepard Fairey, Artist
Boris Bally, Metalsmith
The artworks were shown at the Society for Arts and Crafts in Boston, and they will be shown in a number of other venues. The project also included a book.