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Eric Carlson

Plays Well with Others , 2006. Baby fleece, Polyfil, 12" x 84" x 36".

Violent imagery is the norm, so much so that we often turn a blind eye and miss the trickledown effect. My current body of work makes guns, artillery, and other weaponry into pillows and plush playthings. These weapons are meant to be handled. Through playful interaction, one realizes the darker side of these cuddly plush weapons. I want viewers to understand how we once looked at the world around us. We need to ask why, as we once did as children. Most importantly, I want viewers to realize the social implications of violence and where it starts.

University of Missouri Columbia
Faculty Sponsor: David S. East