Up in Arms

Up in Arms

“We play with them as kids and fight with them in war. The toy becomes a weapon in the hands of a child. The weapon of war and peace becomes a tool of violence and oppression in the wrong hands. We use them to punish ourselves and others.  Too often it is women and children who are found at the wrong end of the barrel.  The lonely and desperate seek sad solace in a bullet.  Attention.  Prevention. A lock. A key. Reform.”  – Virgil Ortiz


Virgil Ortiz Original Clay Works | TABOO Series
12″ x 10″
Traditional methods and materials:
Cochiti red clay, white clay slip, red clay slip, black (wild spinach) paint.





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