Remember that school assessment test? In elementary school we had to decide which picture was correct from a bunch of mixed up images? There was the horse with the cow body, the horse with the antlers or the anatomically correct horse. Here we have pencils and bullets in schools. What is the right answer?
I made this piece, Assessment Test after visiting Newtown, CT where the horrible shooting a Sandy Hook Elementary School took place. The community reached out to my company at the time http://www.CasesBySource.com for help with a project for their Cultural Center. Even though my visits were several months after the tragedy it was an overwhelming experience. I meet with people whose lives were turned upside down. Their children were at school, once considered a safe place. I could not and still cannot understand why there is a lack of conviction from our government leaders. It should not be too difficult to make certain this will never happen again.
It is very easy to be angry when you sit with the people who have lost so much. They are suffering and in pain for something that could have been avoided. My personal challenge was to channel this experience and my anger in an art piece. I chose to represent elementary school education and the perversion in society to allow such a thing to happen.. Please take a look at this piece and let me know what you think. When will we get this right as a society?
If you are unfamiliar with the Newton event here is a link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandy_Hook_Elementary_School_shooting
I design and produce all of my work in Montvale, NJ USA. This website is set up with several main categories, Art, Bowls, Jewelry, Cool Stuff. Take a look around and let me know what you think. https://www.aaturning.com/category/art-of-woodturning/