In ‘Anatomy of War’, artist Noah Scalin tries to make us see war and conflict on a human level, minus the politics. He does this by turning metal into flesh, giving weapons a ‘human aspect’.
Using polymer clay, acrylic, and enamel, Scalin was able to sculpt a handgun and an AK-47 with their very own blood and guts. Each model is dissected in half so we could peek at the parts that make them up, which in this case, are internal organs.
By humanising these guns, Scalin shows that they too have become ‘as fragile as the lives they can potentially take’. The organs also appear to be extensions of their owners, minus a fully functioning brain.
Scalin explains that ‘… too often the discussion around guns in America gets wrapped up in emotional terms around the 2nd Amendment. Anatomy of War brings the discussion back to the individual human level’.
You can find out more about Noah Scalin and his work here.