Gun control? Softly does it: an artist's response to violence – in pictures

By Joseph Owen

New York-based artist Natalie Baxter addresses America's polarising discussions of masculinity, violence and gun ownership through her series Warm Gun, a collection of quilts and fabrics shaped into automatic weaponry. “I'm taking a complicated, emotional debate and wrapping it up in a plush wrapper, making it easier to unpack,” she says. “Sewing emasculates these objects of destruction, turning them into droopy, impotent soft sculptures.” The work seems particularly poignant in light of Trump's victory and support for gun ownership. Baxter hopes that “his unpredictability means he will somehow not be a president who believes that the answer to gun violence is to arm more people.”

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