Earlier this summer, we were touring the (always beautiful!) CR Laine showroom in High Point, North Carolina. As always, we were fawning over the beautiful new pieces — bold silhouettes and beautiful textiles is what CR Laine is known for. Then, we rounded the corner and faced something else we always find at this showroom — talented artists with a very unique point of view. On every wall were bold, highly saturated images of “color bombs” — bright paint suspended and swirling in water. But there was something else there. Were those bullets nestled into the bursts of color?
We sat down with the artist, Tracy Hiner of Black Crow Studios, so she could tell us a bit more about the work. After all, the last time we saw Tracy, her art prints and wallpaper had a floral focus. This body of work, which Tracy calls The Caliber Collection, was created in collaboration with Raise the Caliber. This is a group of creatives focused on bringing the topic of gun violence to light through their work. They receive illegal guns and shell casings from America’s most dangerous streets. These shredded guns have been released from evidence, or turned in during gun buy-back programs, and will no longer cause harm. The art helps open up a conversation about gun violence in America.
Tracy had previously wanted to create a collection that used paint, water, and photography, but didn’t have other specifics in mind. She said, “When I heard I was going to be receiving these guns parts that had been shredded so that they could never harm another person, the ideas and solutions I was looking for became clear.” Tracy explained that the paints represent a form of release from the destroyed guns, like a freedom from the harm they have caused.
In our slideshow, see a few images of the gorgeous collection, both from the Raise the Caliber opening as well as the CR Laine showroom in High Point! We’d also like to mention that you can buy Tracy’s prints here and 20% of all sales are donated to the Caliber Foundation to help fund gun buy-back programs in American cities that need it most.