Rejected AGAIN! Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

 

732 children (age 0-11) killed or injured in the USA in 2017. Source:  Gun Violence Archives

Data sourced from  the Gun Violence Archive and the Guardian. Photo and sculpture ©Jacky Chapman

This year’s theme for the Royal Academy summer show is ‘Art Made Now’.

“Fellow artists! 2018 marks the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy, so the Summer Exhibition will celebrate a quarter of a millennium of artistic innovation. As coordinator, I have decided that the theme of the show will be ‘Art Made Now’. I want to champion the democracy of the exhibition and show off the diversity of art being made in this moment, so I encourage you to submit works that you have made in 2017/18″. Grayson Perry

My piece was submitted just hours before the horrific news came in of a mass shooting  at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on 14th February 2018. Seventeen students and teachers were killed and seventeen more were wounded, making it one of the world’s worst school massacres.

732 children (age 0-11) killed or injured in the USA in 2017. Source:  Gun Violence Archives

Data sourced from the Gun Violence Archive and the Guardian. Photo and sculpture ©Jacky Chapman

Despite my sculpture being very much of the moment, it was still rejected by the ‘great and the good’ tasked with judging this years entries.

The inspiration for the piece came from two sources. So my thanks go out to them:  firstly, to the Gun Violence Archive  — a not-for-profit corporation formed in 2013 to provide free online public access to accurate information about gun-related violence in the United States; and secondly to Aliza Aufrichtig who wrote an article in 2017 for the Guardian Mapping US gun murders at a micro level: new data zooms in on violence .

Entitled  ‘Eleven years under’ it represents the 732 children (aged between 0-11) killed or injured by guns during  2017 in the USA. This isn’t about drugs, gangs or mental illness, but about gun ownership and guns ending up in the hands of the innocent.

732 children (age 0-11) killed or injured in the USA in 2017. Source:  Gun Violence Archives

Data sourced from  the Gun Violence Archive and the Guardian. Photo and sculpture ©Jacky Chapman

 

 

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