Alienable Right to Life

Paper and Canvas

94 in. x 68 in. x 4.5 in.

On exhibit through August 25th

Hours: Wed-Fri 4-7PM, Sat 12-6PM, Sun 1-5PM

Location: H-Space Gallery, 1932 91/2 Street N.W., Washington, DC 20001 (one block east of U Street Metro Station)

This is a work of art that may never be completed–it is an American flag created from the names of mass shooting victims. Gilroy Garlic Festival, El Paso Walmart and Dayton Oregon District shootings are being added.

Artist Statement:

Many people cite the U. S. Constitution’s Second Amendment in defense of unfettered gun usage.  The Constitution delineates our form of government, but the natural rights upon which the United States was conceived are proclaimed within the Declaration of Independence:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…”

Some use the right to life as an argument for preservation of fetal life.  What about the preservation of school children at Sandy Hook Elementary School?  The viability of students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School?  The life force of concertgoers in Las Vegas? 

Our right to life is denied by every mass-shooting perpetrator and by each person who argues against gun safety by invoking the sanctity of the Second Amendment.   

To uphold the dignity and rights of individuals, I create.  As a social engagement artist, I use diverse media to meaningfully frame issues and to move the conversation forward.  Join me in doing so.