Jay Handy

Jump the Gun

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Drypoint engraving, chine colle

11" x 18" 

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People are comprised of contradictions; we say one thing and do another, we want one thing but pursue another. In this artwork, a contradiction between the lightness of the woman’s smile and the intensity of her aimed gun create a mysterious tension.

While her face is mostly hidden behind her hair, the complexity of her personality comes through in just a few details. Just as in life, her target is clear, but the final result to follow remains unknown in the space between her and her target.

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