Checking the Cost of Gun Violence full view

Written on the front of this check writing machine:

EACH DAY in AMERICA there are 31 murders, 55 suicides, 2 accidental deaths, 1 death by police action.  If not killed, 219 injured by guns each day.  89 deaths by guns each day. 32, 514 people are killed by guns each year. $627 million costs in a year. 
Sources for statistics is the Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence

What is the cost of gun violence? 

Research for “Checking the Cost of Gun Violence” revealed astonishing statistics. One source calculates that every citizen in the US is effectively writing a check for $700 each year to cover the nationwide cost of gun violence. Is there any way that we can reduce or check the prevalence of gun violence?

check writing machine metaphor about the cost of gun violence

Each year, the U.S. spends $2.8 billion treating gunshot wounds  in emergency room and hospital charges in the United States each year. 

artwork about gun violence with gun and blood
gun close-up as metaphor for gun violence

A gun in a household doubles the risk of homicide and triples the risk of suicide in that household.

gun pointing to cost of suicide

The 89 shell casings from bullets represent the number of deaths each day to gun violence in the United States. This statistic was from several years ago. I don't understand how we continue to see these mass shootings in the news without any changes in our gun laws.

Checking the Cost of Gun Violence, 2016

 Materials: Check writing machine, gun, 89 shells from bullets, recycled tin, paint, silver, screws.

8" ht. x 15.5" w.  x 16" d.                             Retail price: $18,089

This artwork will be included in an upcoming show about gun violence in the United States titled Imagine Peace Now. 

Checking the Cost of Gun Violence at the Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA               Photo Credit: Eric Petersen

Checking the Cost of Gun Violence at the Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA              
Photo Credit: Eric Petersen

Kentucky Center for African American Heritage
1707 West Muhammad Ali Boulevard
Louisville, Kentucky
Opening:  January 20, 2018   6:00 p.m. 


UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS (dates to be determined):
Arts Council of South Indiana
New Albany, Indiana


PAST Exhibitions: 

Society of Arts and Crafts
Boston, MA
February 23- June 10, 2017     

November 21, 2016- January 16, 2017
Wellington B. Gray Gallery
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC

Click on either of these postcard images to see installation shots at East Carolina University School of Art and Design. 

If you know of a possible exhibition site for this exhibition, contact me and I will forward the information to the exhibition organizer - Boris Bally. 

Purchase this beautiful full color catalog for this exhibition I.M.A.G.I.N.E. Peace Now.  Every artist in the exhibition is included in the catalog.

color catalog for I.M.A.G.I.N.E. Peace Now

Do guns deter crime or enable violence? Can we reduce or check the prevalence of gun violence? Check the evidence!

Studio Images of "Checking the Cost of Gun Violence" in progress

Click on the images in this gallery for a description of this sculpture in progress. 

Fabrication of Checking the Cost of Gun Violence includes hydraulic matrix die form for fabricating a new gun handle grip from recycled tin cans.  Traditional silversmithing hollowware skills were used to form the red recycled tin for pool of blood. (This is the original red finish on the tin can ans it was not repainted)   Riveting for lettering assembly.  Lettering is from recycled tin cans. Grinding and polishing to retrofit disabled gun to fit checking machine handle.  Paint for blood on the check writing machine,  tap & die.

More Interesting Videos and Articles:

MarieClaire Magazine online has extensive statistics and articles about Women & Guns.