The Violence In Our Hearts
25 Collages, 2018
Into these famous compositions, I have inserted a knife. My additions are made of paper and were cut from a magazine called Knives Illustrated. In collaging these little weapons, I claim the subjects as members of the knife club. With this little gesture, I have altered their narratives. Instead of figures passive in their spaces, we now have a view into the secrets, hidden plans, and burning urges of the subjects. The knives are all clean and bloodless, not yet used, their power still unspent.
As extensions of our bodies, our tools are an extension of our will. What do we will, as a species? Violence. Aggression. Dominance. We endeavor to improve our natural bodies with tools and we do it with sharpened steel and projectiles and explosives. And we make these things beautiful. They are sleek and carefully designed. Our weapons are disappointing portraits of our inner nature. Even the descriptions of our violent objects are often metaphors for beauty and glory and success. It is who we are. It is what we are. So many of us are lost to our aggressive desires.
(If You Know What's Good For You) - SOLD!
(Fantasies Of The Bullied)
(It Was All Fun And Games) - SOLD!
(Always By Her Side)
(Two Thistles, Really)
(A Strong Urge) - SOLD!
(Practice Makes Perfect)
(She Didn't Need It After All) - SOLD!
(Ever The Difficult Child)
(Flinching Was Against The Rules)
(I Swear Upon This Knife) - SOLD!
(Choices) - SOLD!
(No, You Can't Hold It)
(He Liked It Because He Needed Both Hands)
(She Absolutely Hated Messy Polish)
(She Preferred Excitement)
(He Even Slept With It)
(She Called It Her Beloved)
(Her Games Scared Him) - SOLD!
(Cold Is Better Than Bare) - SOLD!
(Victor Over Her Own Goliath) - SOLD!
(It Helped Him To Think) - SOLD!
(A Woman And Her Clumsy Husband) - SOLD!
(Let Me Do This) - SOLD!
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