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Detail: Remington Rifle Bouquet 1 is part of the Corrina Sephora show exhibiting rifles and shotguns she has turned into garden tools and flowers. (Photo courtesy of the artist)

Metalist Corrina Sephora turns guns into art in Blood of the Earth at Sinclair Gallery

Corrina Sephora

Acclaimed metal artist and painter Corrina Sephora explores communal loss and transformation in Blood of the Earth, opening Saturday at East Point’s Sinclair Gallery. In it, she focuses on turning guns into works of art.

Sephora began working with guns two years ago when a Vinings church invited her to do a live gun transformation. Later, an Iraq War veteran asked her to help him destroy his AR-15. That request came after the February 2018 shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The show runs through July 13. Saturday’s opening begins with a 7 p.m. reception. Related events include a panel discussion and live forging demonstration beginning at 2 p.m. on June 8 and an artist talk at 2 p.m. on June 29.

In her artist statement, Sephora says she’s returning the iron in the guns to its essence. “I am setting the metal free through the process of transforming these weapons of violence into something new.” Sephora has turned many of the guns she’s collected into flowers, garden ornaments and tools.

ARTS ATL videographer Felipe Barral filmed a mini-documentary with Sephora and artist Joseph Guay last year that looked into the inspirations behind their gun-related works.

In addition to Sephora’s work, the Sinclair Gallery exhibition will feature work from Atlanta artists Joe Bigley, Elyse Defoor, Paper Frank, Maxine Hess, Jason Scott Kofke and Joseph Peragine.