Blood of the Earth, an exploration of communal loss and transformation by Atlanta artist, Corrina Sephora, opens at Sinclair Gallery on June 1st.

For two years, Sephora has been transforming guns from instruments of mass destruction into garden tools and flower bouquets. Initially, she was invited by a church in Vinings, GA, to do a live gun transformation. Later, Sephora worked with Dashboard Co-op and Marcia Wood Gallery to transform a gun as a live performance in conjunction with their 2017 exhibition Unloaded. Corrina has also worked with the non profit LEAD to LIFE, Jim Brenner, and a group of Mothers who have lost their children due to gun violence in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination at the King Historic Center, and continues to work with groups on this topic.

      The Panel discussion will incorporate a spectrum of groups and individuals affected by gun violence, as well as people who actively use guns in work and life, and those advocating for change and awareness.

In her sculptures, Sephora is working with imagery connected to societal themes of loss, ownership, and transformation. The first piece spawned via a request from an Iraq War veteran who asked Sephora to assist him in destroying his AR-15 gun following the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, FL, last year.

Event with more details here.

Remington Rifle Bouquet I, 2018, recycled guns and gun barrels, forged steel, 45” x 36” x 10”

Artifact I, 2019, steel, resin, gun parts, paper target, 9” x 9” x 2”

Target I, 2019, paper targets, acrylic, 12’ x 6’ x 2”

Blood of the Earth, Gun Bouquet Installation, 2019, recycled guns and gun barrels, forged steel, Dimensions variable

The Ladder Ascends No Further, 2019, forged steel, recycled guns, acrylic, 108” x 15” x 3” (in progress image)