Amy Nelder

Bunnies and Guns #8, 2023
acrylic on canvas
24 x 18 in
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For the past decade that I’ve been visualizing this series, I've had a very hard
time wrapping my mind around the continued and senseless school shootings
afflicting our innocent children, their families, and those who simply want to
teach them. I can hardly verbalize my feelings on my/our ability to do much
about this problem that seems, at times, so hopeless. But I do want to say
something, in the hopes that my “Bunnies and Guns” series might contribute
something, at least, towards the dialogue that leads to ending this nightmare.
I’ve been struggling to write all my thoughts succinctly into a statement about
this new series. I have a hard time putting all my sad and angry words about
what I’m painting into a sort of contraction: but that’s why it’s a painting. This
series features soft, sweet bunnies, cheery gumballs, festive party favors, and,
unfortunately, guns - but one of these things is not like the others. It’s always
hard knowing some people will have the exact opposite interpretation of
what I’m discussing, but that’s what communication, and often, making art, is
all about, right? - Amy Nelder