Blood of the Earth

Iron ore. The rusty red strata that runs deep in the earth as veins of blood. For centuries, it has been smelted into usable iron through spiritual rituals. Later it was used for industrial purposes, including creating instruments of violence and war. Through heating the metal of guns and forging it, altering the material's molecular structure, I am, in essence, setting the metal free through the process of transforming these weapons of violence into something new. In ancient times the blacksmith was thought of as an alchemist crafting carefully with the four elements - earth, air, water, and fire - and transforming the iron ore into iron. Hammered into iron as a gun, initially, and transforming that weapon into flowers-poses questions. Questions that have both micro and macro implications. Iron ore can be smelted to create tools of violence used in mass shootings and those same items can be repurposed into art. Beyond that are further questions regarding our culture of violence and, in fact, raises the question are we all now targets? There are other dialogues connected to this exhibition in both my own work and the guest artists, and selected speakers.

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 (left to right)   In the Spirit Realm , 2019,  Native Lands I , 2019,  Native Lands II , 2019,  Remington Rifle Bouquet I , 2018,  Flourish , 2019,  Set the Metal Free , 2019
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Guest Artists (left to right): Jason Scott Kofke, Maxine Hess, Joe Bigley, Elyse Defoor, & Joseph Peragine

Guest Artists (left to right): Jason Scott Kofke, Maxine Hess, Joe Bigley, Elyse Defoor, & Joseph Peragine

Rifle Bouquet  &  In the Spirit Realm  (left to right)

Rifle Bouquet & In the Spirit Realm (left to right)

Artifact I, II, & III   ,  2019, steel, resin, gun parts, paper target, 9.125” x 9.125” x 2”

Artifact I, II, & III, 2019, steel, resin, gun parts, paper target, 9.125” x 9.125” x 2”

NRA Target Fiesta  , 2019, paper targets, acrylic, pigment on panel, 3’ 6” x 3’ 6” x 1.75”

NRA Target Fiesta, 2019, paper targets, acrylic, pigment on panel, 3’ 6” x 3’ 6” x 1.75”

Fallen  , 2019, acrylic, pigments, resin, paper targets, bullets (223 rem) and casings, forged steel, 17.75” x 9.75” x 1” (each)

Fallen, 2019, acrylic, pigments, resin, paper targets, bullets (223 rem) and casings, forged steel, 17.75” x 9.75” x 1” (each)

The Ladder Ascends No Further  , 2019, forged steel, recycled guns, acrylic, 108” x 10” x 3”

The Ladder Ascends No Further, 2019, forged steel, recycled guns, acrylic, 108” x 10” x 3”

Reliquary I  , 2019, steel, resin, gun parts, paper target, 16” x 16” x 1”    Reliquary II  , 2019, steel, resin, gun parts, paper target, 9.625” x 9.625” x 1”

Reliquary I, 2019, steel, resin, gun parts, paper target, 16” x 16” x 1”

Reliquary II, 2019, steel, resin, gun parts, paper target, 9.625” x 9.625” x 1”

Tiny Sketches  , (5 pieces), 2018, watercolor, ink, graphite on paper and wood 3.25” x 3.75” → 4.5” x 5.75” (dimensions variable)

Tiny Sketches, (5 pieces), 2018, watercolor, ink, graphite on paper and wood 3.25” x 3.75” → 4.5” x 5.75” (dimensions variable)

Rifle Bouquet   ,  2019, recycled guns and gun barrels forged steel, 57” x 15” x 10”

Rifle Bouquet, 2019, recycled guns and gun barrels forged steel, 57” x 15” x 10”

In the Spirit Realm  , 2019, acrylic, pigment, paper targets on panel, 4’ x 2’ x 1.75”

In the Spirit Realm, 2019, acrylic, pigment, paper targets on panel, 4’ x 2’ x 1.75”

Native Lands I  , 2019, recycled gun, forged steel, 6.75” x 7.75” x 1”

Native Lands I, 2019, recycled gun, forged steel, 6.75” x 7.75” x 1”

Native Lands II  , 2019, recycled gun, forged steel, 8” x 10.5” x 1.5”

Native Lands II, 2019, recycled gun, forged steel, 8” x 10.5” x 1.5”

Remington Rifle Bouquet I  , 2018, recycled guns and gun barrels, forged steel, 18” x 35” x 9.75”

Remington Rifle Bouquet I, 2018, recycled guns and gun barrels, forged steel, 18” x 35” x 9.75”

Flourish ,  2019, recycled guns and gun barrels, forged steel, 13.5” x 28” x 5”

Flourish, 2019, recycled guns and gun barrels, forged steel, 13.5” x 28” x 5”

Set the Metal Free ,  2019, recycled guns and gun barrels, forged steel, 16.5” x 39” x 8”

Set the Metal Free, 2019, recycled guns and gun barrels, forged steel, 16.5” x 39” x 8”

Descend ,  2019, Paper targets, acrylic, pigment, paper targets on panel, 3’ 6” x 3’ 6” x 1.75”

Descend, 2019, Paper targets, acrylic, pigment, paper targets on panel, 3’ 6” x 3’ 6” x 1.75”

Blood of the Earth  , 2019, recycled gun and guns barrels, forged steel, rocks, gun dimensions: 60” x 15” x 14”

Blood of the Earth, 2019, recycled gun and guns barrels, forged steel, rocks, gun dimensions: 60” x 15” x 14”

detail  Blood of the Earth

detail Blood of the Earth

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

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

IGNI Productions produced this short, documenting the exhibition "Blood of the Earth" by sculptor and artist Corrina Sephora at ArtsXchange in Atlanta. © 2019 Corrina Sephora, Felipe Barral & IGNI Productions
We visited Mixed Media Artists Corrina Sephora and Joseph Guay, who have started to transform guns into art in an effort to raise awareness and to spark a dialogue around the subject of gun violence in the United States. By Felipe Barral © 2018 - IGNI productions & the G channel artsatl.com fbarral.com thegchannel.com igniproductions.com