The project that became the work 1.1.2017 (pictured below) began as a series of blog posts, written on Mondays, from October 2017 to July 2018. The posts were all titled Monday – Gun-Day and posted on this blog as a way of making my ‘working out’ available to anyone who wanted to see it.
The posts, linked below or available en masse through this link, contain my research of the 62 gun violence incidents that occurred on the 1st of January 2017, as first collated by the Gun Violence Archive. The resulting work, 1.1.2017, went on to win the Elizabeth R Raphael Founders Prize at the Transformations 10 exhibition at Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh. It was first shown there, alongside the pieces by the other finalists as well as a collection of my works that address similar themes. A short film of the project is available here.
55 places. 62 incidents. 66 guns. 73 people dead
1.1.2017 is a large scale jewellery work that contains portrait of each of the 66 guns used in fatal incidents on January 1st, 2017. These gun outlines are made in metal, plastic, fabric and paper, from containers sourced from the 55 places in which these acts of violence occurred.
This post, from February 2018, goes a way toward explaining the project. The full story is about 100 typed pages in length, and is contained over the many posts, linked below.
Explaining Monday – Gun Day – Feb 20
*(Just in case you were wondering why these posts seem to be dated on Tuesdays, the dates on these posts are in Australian time because of the blog’s origin. These posts were almost always made in the US Pacific timezone, so generally it’s safe to take off a day for the actual publication date.)