Artist pushes gun violence awareness with unusual sculpture

Artist pushes gun violence awareness with unusual sculpture

An artist with a passion for politics is turning heads in Lake Geneva with a piece about gun violence that depicts children buried in bullets. Roberta Karstetter, who calls her piece “School Daze II,” created the provocative shadow-box sculpture because she was troubled by recent school shootings throughout the country. Recycling discarded materials, she used baby doll arms to represent children overrun by bullets, against a backdrop that lists dozens of schools targeted by gunmen in recent years. 300×250 image ad A mock roadside “School Zone” sign is pierced with bullet holes, and tiny empty school chairs dramatize gun violence victims who will not be coming back to school. Displayed at the Geneva Lake Arts Foundation gallery in downtown Lake Geneva, “School Daze II” has stirred strong reactions from both supporters and critics. Which is exactly the response Karstetter hoped for, to promote greater awareness of school shootings. “If your art doesn’t elicit some kind of response, it probably isn’t very good,” she said. “I’m not trying to elicit hate — I’m trying to say, ‘Look, this is happening.’” Exhibited among paintings, drawings and other works of art in the gallery at 223 Broad St., the piece has prompted some visitors to question why such a political display is even part of an art gallery. Sarah McConnell, exhibit chairman of the arts foundation, said not only would she not censor Karstetter, the gallery often features Karstetter’s pieces in storefront windows — because the dramatic political statements draw people inside. […]

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