The work of an art student mixes images of guns, school

OXFORD — The image is frightening.

School papers are strewn across a panel, almost as if flying through the air, while other papers are weighed down by the handmade AR-15 above them.

3D illustration is Kim Krivensky’s response to the school shootings.

“I wanted to shed light on the lives that have been lost to school shootings,” said Krivensky, a 21-year-old senior from Paier College of Art in Hamden, who lives on Ancient Highway in Oxford. “Sandy Hook had an impact on me because it was so close to Oxford. Now Park. I wanted to send a message.

The message it sends was designed as part of an editorial illustration course taught by Vladimir Shpitalnik, Professor Paier.

“I love how she did this because it has so many different meanings,” Shpitalnik said. “Someone looking at it might see a young child’s dreams of the future shattered by the gun. Others might see it as a matter of choice…Children may carry pencils or guns. fire… It has different meanings for different people… That’s what art is supposed to be.

Better yet, Shpitalnik said “it’s the perfect time for what’s happening.”

Krivensky started with works of art she kept from her days at Oxford Center School, Great Oaks Middle School and Oxford High School. She took some simple elementary school drawings – like the self-portrait of the little girl with curls, the letter to mum and the poignant coloring of the children running to school on the first day.

“I thought it was a good contrast,” she said of the latter. “Now we see children leaving school for security reasons.”

As we got older, the designs became more elaborate.

Then, in the center of the work, she built a gun. It is made up of regular school supplies – colored pencils, erasable markers, calculator, protractor and more. A stapler and a staple extractor serve as sights. A roll of adhesive tape in its dispenser serves as a trigger. Each piece is glued with epoxy.

But it’s not just any weapon. It’s the AR-15 – the model used to kill 17 people at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida on Valentine’s Day.

Her message being, “how easy it is to get a really powerful gun and take away the creativity of young lives forever,” she said.

“I chose school supplies for the gun because they’re easy to get,” Krivensky said. “From what I understand, this weapon was easy to obtain.”

Krivensky, who hopes to one day become an art teacher, said the 3D illustration took about two weeks.

“We’re going to display it first at the Paier Art Show on April 13-14,” Shpitalnik said. “I hope to integrate it into different shows after that.”

The Paier show opens April 13 at 7 p.m. on the school campus, 20 Gorham Avenue, and continues April 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kayleen C. Rice