NOTE: This broadside is one of six published for our “Bearing Arms: Responding to Guns in American Culture” special feature.
Why did this piece of art resonate for you or seem like it would give you an avenue into writing about this subject? Poet Jennifer Perrine: “Female Target” brought me out of abstractions, out of lives that I know only through news and public events, and returned me to my body, my relationship to guns.
What is behind your choice of this piece of art in response to the topic “Guns in American Culture”? Artist Kristen T. Woodward: I’ve been painting on pre-printed gun targets for the past ten years or so… When confronted by a feminine form, a number of people shifted the conversation to domestic violence.