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Shattered ChildhoodMy nephew was a first grader at Sandy Hook Elementary School when,on December 14, 2012, his carefree childhood came to an abrupt end as a murderer came into his school and killed 20 of his classmates and 6 school employees. One of his best friends was among the victims. In order to help make sense of the tragedy, my nephew suggested writing the names of his friends on balloons and then releasing them with his classmates.

Shattered Childhood shows my nephew and his friend as silhouettes behind the words of a news article about the shooting. This article is cut into 26 pieces to represent the 26 victims and to resemble broken glass. The balloons in the upper left corner are a symbol of hope that the community rise from this tragedy, carrying with it the memory of those lost.

14″ x 11″