Emasculation

Earl Senchuk's avatar Earl Senchuk

“Do you want this,” my father asked me about 15 years ago. It was a beat up old 25 caliber pistol. He went on to say, “Your grandfather once shot at your grandmother with this when I was a kid. My brothers wrestled it away from him, and I ended up with it. I thought you might want to have it.” I took it. Never once fired it. My father's hatred of him began long before his father abandoned his wife with nine children leaving my father on his own at age 12. He refused to speak of his father until about age 85, and only when pried open with two martinis on a camping trip. The stories of his father’s brutal cruelty made me want to unhear them. Ultimately, my grandfather ended up in prison for tax evasion from wealth amassed through bootlegging. Without being for or against gun control, the intent of "Emasculation" is to make a simple, yet poignant statement about the strong association between masculinity and guns. Somewhere out there, I like to think my father is smiling.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 8 inches
  • Medium: Permastone
  • Width: 24 inches
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 34 inches