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Prototypes of scaled-up 50 cal bullet (22cm x 4cm)

Prototypes of scaled-up 50 cal bullet (22cm x 4cm)

Sweet Fruit from the Garden of Fear

our precious anger
private garden’s sweetest fruit
sowed with fear and shame

This work follows from an exhibition of mine called “Fear Not” which explored the construct of fear and apprehension; examining the source of one’s deeply integrated fears and the courage, conviction and persistence needed to challenge and overcome. 

“Sweet Fruit from the Garden of Fear” deals with related issues. What are the sources of the anger and rage that form a dominant part of many people’s persona? My view is that deep anger is a symptom and is derived from things more basic and fundamental…fear and shame.  

Just as some people define themselves by their charity and kindness, there are those who define themselves by their anger and rage. In either case, the characteristic emotion becomes a cherished and nurtured part of their persona. (The irony of course, is that while the fundamental instigators of fear and shame may have long since disappeared from a person’s life, their first derivative…anger…remains as a potent and poisonous relic.)

I have made models and moulds of scaled-up 50 calibre bullets and am kiln-casting a selection of ‘bullets’ ranging in size from 20 cm to up to one metre in height. Each bullet will be cold-worked in such a way to impart the time-worn look of a cherished talisman that has been touched and caressed many times. The idea is to transform an obviously lethal object into a thing of beauty and preciousness. 


Mean Girls

This work is part of a much larger series called “Sweet Fruit from the Garden of Fear”. My thesis is that systemic anger is a product of deep rooted fear and that left unaddressed this fear/anger becomes an ingrained and cherished component of the psyche.

These solid cast objects are scaled-up models of 50 calibre bullets; beautiful and graceful forms, but lethal in intent. Their polished tips give them the look of sacred totems brought to a high shine by the touch of hungry hands seeking constant comfort and assurance.

Pretty pretty
Pretty mean
Pretty scared
Pretty angry
Pretty pretty

5 Bullseye glass “bullets”, kiln-cast and cold worked. 
Each bullet is 400mm high x 75mm diameter & 3.1kg.


I Moved On Her Like A Bitch

This work is part of a much larger series called “Sweet Fruit from the Garden of Fear”. The thesis is that systemic anger is a product of deep rooted fear and that left unaddressed ultimately becomes a major, and cherished, component of the psyche.

The kiln cast objects are scaled-up models of 50 calibre bullets; beautiful and graceful, but lethal in intent. Their polished tips give them the look of precious totems brought to a high shine by the touch of hungry hands seeking comfort and assurance.

This particular work is about misogyny, a subset of the larger theme of anger. The colours of the bullets refer to a mix of gender and violence. The title of the work is, of course, an actual quote. It’s a peculiar turn of phrase that seethes with hostility and contempt. It’s not locker room banter.


E Pluribus Unum

This is part of a much larger series called “Sweet Fruit from the Garden of Fear”. The thesis is that systemic anger is a product of deep rooted fear and that left unaddressed, this anger ultimately becomes a major, and cherished, component of the psyche.

The kiln cast objects are scaled-up models of 50 calibre bullets; beautiful and graceful, but lethal in intent. Their polished tips give them the look of precious totems brought to a high shine by the touch of hungry hands seeking comfort and assurance.

Out of many, one.

This particular work is about the ingress of old, familiar tropes of anger, hate and alienation into the political landscape; of scarifying lessons forgotten or perhaps, never learned. The familiar colours of enlightened, progressive democracy; red, white and blue, have been infiltrated by red, white and black...the colours of fascism, racism, fear and hate.