Art Description: Sixty figures supplicating themselves to a golden assault rifle. This piece explores our society's infatuation with violence and the cultural myths of firearms. Accolades and controversy have followed this work across the country. It is an award winning sculpture from the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan where judges Deb Mankoff and Shelli Weisberg wrote, "It reflects the ’heart of liberty’ - social action and social justice. Repetitive molds of faceless, distorted figures of people of all colors and races put into an ordered pattern suggests conformity and an inability to recognize choice or individual action separate from the collective masses which often threatens humanity.” It is also a piece that was censored from an exhibition in Kentucky, causing me to cancel a solo exhibition two years into planning. "Brand New God" has also appeared in the independent film "Burning Folk".
Medium Used: Oil-painted cast urethane plastic figures and a gold-leafed replica AK-47