Print of unique art-piece 'Spoils of War'
Edition: 1 of 100
Signed by Artist & embossed with artist stamp of authenticity
Paper size : 112cm Long x 43cm Wide
Printed on archival paper - limited edition print
Unframed - Lifesize AK47
ABOUT THE ARTWORK:
This edition print is taken from the original art piece 'Spoils of War'
Deactivated AK47 is taken from a conflict zone.
Original art piece sold at Hofa Gallery in Mayfair, London.
'Spoils of War' considers the relationship between trade and conflict in a global context.
Taking a decommissioned AK-47 that has seen active service, as its subject, Symondson first covers it with real burnt dollar bills, suggesting dirt and fumes, a toxic fuel that powers this relationship. It is then collaged with the hand-cut detailing from the dollar bills.
Symondson then swaps out the AK-47’s bullets for commodities, each commodity coming from an area of conflict where the AK-47 is also prevalent. This tactic fails to neutralize the weapon, instead, it seems to work to signal the potency and latent power of each commodity. There is also a strongly implied inter-relationship between commodity and gun, both sustaining and both compromising the other in a never-ending spiral. It asks the viewer to contemplate how closely bound one is to the other, and perhaps by extension how closely we might be implicated.
Clear Bullets are handmade and modeled from an AK-47, 7.62 round.
- Opium poppy seeds (brought back from Afghanistan),
- Religious symbols
- Diamonds (Swarovski crystals)
- Bullet with "your name" on it
Made in London, UK.