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A Shot in the Dark, a Hole in the Heart

Apryl Pooley's avatar Apryl Pooley

“A Shot in the Dark, a Hole in the Heart” is a two-piece set comprised of a collection of shattered airplane whiskey bottles and a collection of shattered shot glasses, swizzle sticks, and a flask. The alcohol glassware was filled with acrylic paint, smashed with a hammer onto the canvas, and attached directly to the canvas where the pieces landed. The message on the flask is reflective of the inner-voice of an alcoholic in early recovery, whose anger with the struggles of sobriety could only be expressed by smashing the one thing desired most in a moment of desperation. Inspired by the unpredictability of a shattered life, this piece employs the volatility of shattered glass to transform a destructive pattern into constructive works of art. By destroying something that was once itself destructive, the grip of addiction is released to reveal the beauty underneath the grime of distress.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 3 inches
  • Medium: Found objects and acrylic
  • Width: 20 inches
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 16 inches