Dimensions: 33.5 x 9.25 x 7.75″
Media: wood, resin, quartz crystal, human hair, leather
Like all of artist Walter Robinson’s work, Peace Maker is an exercise in the use of language and metaphor. Peace Maker is a multiple entendre and works at many levels. In one manner, a peacemaker is an individual who strives for peace or who has successfully ended ongoing conflicts between warring parties. On the other hand, a peacemaker is an ironic term for a powerful weapon, such as a nuclear weapon, whose very existence keeps violence at bay. Here, Robinson has artfully crafted a weapon of peace, modeled after a Native American style club. However, instead of a stone head, the business end of this weapon is a human brain, complete with quartz crystal spikes. The whole thing is enclosed in a museum-style display case, to give the indication that this is a historical artifact and part of some monumental event.
Walter Robinson’s works in the medium of visual metaphor. His works are language puzzles waiting to be solved in the mind of the viewer. Using wit, pun, synonym, and homonym, each piece contains multiple layers of encoded information, popular references, and personal histories. They must be taken in the context in and of themselves to be solved and resolved.