Nancy Good (Las Vegas)
As I began my research into the effects of gun violence on our families and extended communities, I was continually reminded of certain disparities that were often tied to a choice to grab a gun. When we deprive individuals of equitable education and a means to express themselves, we essentially take away their ability to be heard. Simply put: picking up a gun is a very effective way of getting heard.
I chose to represent the dichotomy of how our minds are physically/emotionally "blown" by either gun violence or by education (or the lack thereof).
Shown here: "Mind Blown" - assemblage of repurposed items, including birdcage, election signs, books, children's squirt-guns, black tulle, and styrofoam mannequin head on rotating base.
This work was made possible by grant funding from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.