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Oscar Peters
Carnegie Mellon University
Faculty Sponsor: Joe Mannino

Chainsaw, 2009
kiddyride, steel, chainsaw, chain, 72" x 36" x 24"

Artist Statement

My work investigates violence, mostly constructed or controlled violence. At the same time, I’m interested in the infinite and the inevitable, which, in my mind, are linked to a violent act—throwing a wrench into a machine and bringing it to a halt. My machines always have an element that will self-destruct. They are playful, yet dangerous. I like to see them as elegant, subtle mixes of humor, sex, and violence.