"It is the quiet ones you have watch out for" was a common comment to me about my drawings depicting violence, I detected a hint that they believed that I had revealed a deep subconscious desire to commit murder.
Years ago, I watched a man in prison being interviewed about a murder he had committed while robbing a house. He had brutally stabbed a young woman to death. The interviewer asked the man what he was thinking or feeling when he killed her. He said that he was not feeling anything. "It was just motion to me." he said. I was surprised.
I grew up in a peaceful family in a peaceful time in a peaceful part of the country. The only violence I saw was in the local theater way back when people died by clutching their chest and falling over. The same way we played in our back yards and alleyways as kids. Just in case we are required to kill someday daily reversal was apparently required starting from the time we could first point a toy gun.
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I work in the entertainment industry, mostly movies and television. If the industry was a university our entire country could get a Doctorate in violence. Writers dream up deaths of all manners and varieties which directors film with extraordinary beauty. Visual artists have driven the craft of depicting gruesome death to such a high degree of perfection it is almost the same as watching it out a window. Violence is something I think about and when my unconscious mind offers up such a drawing I am pleased to be able to take part in the discussion.