CJ Hendry’s Latest Artwork Makes a Statement Against Gun Violence
Australian artist CJ Hendry is known for her incredibly detailed, almost photograph-like black and white sketches (even Kanye West is a fan). Last weekend the creative talent put one of her images to use as she staged a public art display against gun violence in the United States, with the launch of a live aerial art exhibition in the skies above New York City, Chicago and Orlando.
Three chartered planes simultaneously towed the drawings, which feature a 300-square-metre copy of her hyper-realistic drawing of a blood-stained T-shirt—an item of clothing that CJ says is is ‘representative of everyone, no matter race, gender, sex or culture’—wrapped in the shape of a gun, and a banner behind which read ‘#ENDGUNVIOLENCE’ across the three cities.
‘When the Orlando shootings happened, I was baffled that type of thing happens so regularly, and things just stay the same,’ Hendry told MyDomaine Australia.
‘It’s hard to get my head around it. In Australia we haven’t had to contend with these things for such a long time.’
Now based in New York, Hendry hopes her artwork can make a difference and start a conversation in the country she now calls home.
‘I have become more and more patriotic since I have moved to the U.S. Living in Australia was so different because we weren’t exposed to such issues directly. I really have the same hope that this could be the reality for the [U.S.],’ she says.
Hendry hopes America will learn from Australia in its approach to gun laws. ‘After the Port Arthur massacre [in 1996], where 35 innocent lives were lost, John Howard championed a gun reform, and we haven’t had a mass shooting since. The proof is in the statistics. It works,’ says the passionate artist.
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