The Exit Wounds Collaborative Art Project, created at Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, blended collaged narratives created by formerly incarcerated and gang-involved youth with my Bullet Blossoms series. Individuals told their stories through their own personal photographs, original art, letters and unconventional objects such as hand-painted handkerchiefs, x-rays, and billiard balls. With direction from the participants about where to aim, I shot the works off-site with a .45 caliber handgun. I then painted poppy blossoms around the “exit wounds” to address healing and hope co-existing with violence and despair. Twelve original works from the project were on view at the Hi-Lite Project Space in Downtown Los Angeles from March 19-April 14, 2011. All proceeds benefitted Homeboy Industries. Selected works were also exhibited throughout Los Angeles as part of the Craft and Folk Art Museum’s Folk Art Everywhere Program through 2013.
This is a wonderful video created by Wanderlust Industries Films about Homeboy Industries and the Exit Wounds Project: https://vimeo.com/61309930