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Thomas Hutchins
South Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2018

I was drawn to the juxtaposition of a loving heart image but made with the reflection of a gun. It is thought provoking and allows the viewer to interpret the art in several ways. If you are a gun lover, you look at the image as heart depicting the love of guns. If you don't like guns, you can view the piece as taking a gun and showing a loving side with the heart. Or, choose love not war. Hence, the title "Make Art Not War." I was very proud to have my sculpture selected, as a Freshman student, by the Art Department at the College of Charleston to be viewed in the Halsey Gallery. I was not sure if I should commit my life to the study of art, but when my sculpture was selected to be shown, it gave me the confidence to select Studio Arts as my major. I look forward to creating different interpretations of this piece.

www.makeartnotwar.gallery

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