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This series of digital prints feature individual American-made rifles. A local gun shop gave me permission to document these guns with a photo scanner. This was done onsite in the gun shop. At first, I was only interested in the .22 caliber rifles, as a way of looking at the gun as a household tool, as it is often understood to be in most rural American homes. However, once the process started, all rifles became a point of interest - old shotguns along with newer manufactured models.

These images question the cultural identity of Americans in different ways – in particular looking at the romanticized depiction of isolation or “independence.”

The titles come from lines on profiles of dating apps like Tinder. Out of context these profile descriptions give the objects human history – and further examines the relationship between Americans and guns.

 
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All-American, installation view

Saranac Art Projects, September 2017

 
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Two shotguns

Ask and I Will Tell (above)
Remington Sportsman model 48

Both Wild and Intellectual (below)
Savage Model 775

Archival inkjet print on Somerset, 2017

 
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Two .22's - the FUN guns

Laid back, Honest, Funny, Spontaneous (above) 13'x52"
Henry Lever action .22

A Reason to Look Down and Smile, 13"x48"
Glenfield 25

Archival inkjet print on Somerset, 2017

 
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Three shotguns, installation view

Winchester facing off Remington and Savage

 
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Both Wild and Intellectual

Savage model 775 by Savage Arms

archival inkjet print on Somerset, 2017, 13"x54"

 
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Lover of All Things Beautiful

Remington model 760 Gamemaster by Remington Arms

archival inkjet print on Somerset, 13"x52", 2017

 
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Collector of Interesting Experiences

Winchester model 12 by Winchester Repeating Arms

archival inkjet print on Somerset, 13" x 52"