Margaret Roleke
Armed,Alarmed

Five Points East Gallery: May 13 – June 11, 2022

Opening Reception: Friday, May 13, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

In-person Artist Talk: Friday, June 3, 6:30 pm

​My work explores sensationalism, consumerism and the crazy contradictions and relationships that develop when popular culture mixes with war and religion. The Trump presidency has pushed me to be further involved as a political activist and artist. Many new pieces deal with protest and resistance.

But my major theme which I have been exploring for several years is gun violence. I use spent shotgun shells and brass, as well as, paper targets in much of my work. At a distance the viewer is not sure what my colorful spent shotgun pieces are made of, only on closer examination does one realize what they actually are. The environmental plastic waste is also an issue I explore in my work. A percentage of all my sales are donated to organizations that work for gun control.

My new silkscreens and cyanotypes deal with the issues of putting families in cages, and the dismantling of the ideas of life, liberty and justice for all. In my sculptural practice I have been working with fencing and trying to create work that also speaks to these issues as well.

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