Alienable Right To Life
On August 3rd, 2019, during the opening reception for Alienable Right to Life, shots rang out at the Walmart store in El Paso, Texas…echoed later that evening in Dayton, Ohio.
NBC4 documented me adding the victims’ names to this art piece that may never be finished.
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.