Violent Ends 

Salvaged Wood, Cast Epoxy.

 

Violent Ends is a two-part installation. On one wall hangs 50 headless axe handles, hand-carved from salvaged walnut, oak, cherry, and maple wood. Mounted on the wall opposite are 50 cast-epoxy axe heads.

As Americans, our cultural attitude towards our natural environment has been shaped and influenced by the mindsets and actions of the pioneers and frontiersmen who came before us. I argue that their fearful and destructive stance towards uncultivated land is still imbued in the minds of many Americans who claim to be outdoors enthusiasts and yet deny climate change. I attempt to understand and overcome the destructive masculine tendencies of my country’s frontier forefathers.