Creating soft sculptures about a controversial topic, Brooklyn-based artist Natalie Baxter has exhibited nearly 50 plush gun-sculptures from her Warm Gun series on the walls of Institute 193 for an exhibition titled OK-47.
The series was inspired by revisiting the gun-culture in her hometown of Kentucky where firearms were hung on the wall, even while there are news reports being broadcast about mass shootings, gun violence, and police brutality. Baxter learned to sew from her Appalachian grandmother, who was also a gun owner.
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The artist knows that making art about controversial topics can be tricky. She said in an interview, “I do hope that I am stirring up thoughts about gun control, gun violence and gender issues, but I realize that to some people, I am making a cute stuffed replica of their favorite weapon.”