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Talk To Me Knotty

This piece was inspired by the compelling symbol for non violence with a knotted gun that came from a Swedish artist, Carl Fredrik Reutersward, in response to the shooting of his friend and celebrity, John Lennon. Some argue that this symbol used to promote non violence might be, in fact, a problematic image because of the gun itself, but Knot/not is a play with words with a pun intended. It is a conceptual oxymoron of opposites. In this piece, the fact that I used the same gun used by the shooter in the deadly Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting in 2016, knotted, filled with Pink Soldiers lit up, shown standing up as a man opening his arms, having an erection and dancing on his tippy-toes is my message to the world that every great man, gay or not, loves pink, loves to dance, and loves guns only in a piece of art, and twist the old meaning of objects into a new non-linear meaning.

Materials made of wood, plexiglass, vintage, collectible and /or recycled plastic toys with led lights.

Size: 34″x12.5″x5″ ( 86.5 cm x 31.75 cm x 12.7 cm)

Limited edition of 10 + 2 AP numbered and signed by the artist Valerie Carmet.
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