"My art is about different facets of African-American experiences. This piece is about violence but also about women in the black community; their role in raising boys, how those connections play out into adulthood, addressing a violent subject without depicting violence. A lot of the work that I’ve done in the past has looked at the experience of black children, or had a harsher or more violent tone and was confronting the outsider. This is a softer look, which tries to address people within the community. A lot of the time we talk about gun control in the context of mass shootings, but not in relation to gun violence in communities that are also well worth protecting."
- Shori Sims, Class of 2021