Trajectory Patterns is a visual representation of every mass shooting* that has occurred in the United States in 2016. Using data from the not for profit Gun Violence Archive, I have created a panel for each incident with one inch of length representing a person who was killed or wounded in that specific shooting. A hand-embroidered label is sewn onto each panel with the street address where the shooting took place. The city and state of each address was intentionally omitted creating ambiguity for the viewer. Each shooting could have happened in any neighborhood, in any city, in any state. The fabric used for the piece consists entirely of suiting and apparel fabrics maintaining a human connection to the work. Mostly wool blends, the fabrics have a weight to them embodying the heaviness of the subject matter.
Unfortunately this project is on-going. I will continue to add panels for every mass shooting as they occur in the United States through the end of 2016.
*For this project a mass shooting is defined as one incident where four or more people were shot, not including the shooter.