Twin Daggers, 2009
17.75 x 6 x 3.25 in
Stephen Paul Day’s work explores his interest in the parallels between archeology, myth, children’s stories and modern life. He creates imagined artifacts from a fictional land, allowing ample opportunity for parody and illumination. In Twin Daggers, the cold bronze and primal weaponry contrast with the innocence of the twin girls holding their dolls. Bronze is used to great advantage here, enticing us in the endearing figures of the girls and menacing as we consider the sharp blades. That which protects can wound or even kill. The piece seems particularly poignant in this age of gun violence against children.