Enough Arms? Primal Playmates, Guns R US(A), And Crown Thy Good

Gretchen Deems's avatar Gretchen Deems

The iconic Statue of Liberty is the dominant image in this triptych "Enough Arms?" which attempts to grapple with the complex and controversial gun issue in America. “The Boy: Primal Playmates”, includes images of plastic soldiers, and uses hands to replicate guns. The child-like drawings were created by my own son at age 8 including warriors complete with their weapon of choice and a number of kills to their name. The story continues with “The Man: Guns R US(A)”, which is saturated with the color of blood and is imbued with an attitude of defiance and power. This is a no compromise tale of "in your face”, and includes images relating to money/ founding fathers, death, and destruction. The final piece, “The Prayer: And Crown Thy Good” was inspired by “America the Beautiful”. Background images include amber waves of grain, purple mountain majesties, etc. This piece is a hopeful prayer for greater understanding and a commitment to working together on this divisive issue.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 3 inches
  • Medium: Mixed
  • Width: 29 inches
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 42 inches