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Soft Power

“Soft Power” is the working title of Eli Skipp’s thesis show and project. It involves the creation of a large quantity of life-sized stuffed animal versions of modern weaponry, including shells, rifles and handguns, rocket launchers, grenades, surveillance drones, and landmines, displayed in a huge pile for everyone to cuddle on top of.

Soft Power Pillow Fight

On the night of my reception I invited anyone who would like …

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A full photo with final install lighting.

A photo from the night of install with the lights on and …

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A view from atop the pile of weapons.

I spent a fair amount of time lying in the big pile …

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Soft Power Reception Poster

Took an hour and a half out of one of my days …

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Beginning Soft Power Installation.

Today marks day 1 of the Soft Power show, the day I …

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480 square foot sheet tent complete.

I decided about a month ago to build a big a-frame sheet …

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The arsenal’s getting pretty big!

Three weeks until install, and I’ve got quite a lot of stuff …

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Molotov Cocktails

“Molotov, flying at the mayor! Molotov, tearing down the walls!” I built …

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Stuffed AK-47’s, pre-dye.

These will be dyed later in the month along with the molotov …

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Building a stuffed AK47.

Today I painstakingly drew out a life-sized AK47 on brown felt, to …

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The arsenal grows.

In this photograph there are 8 Excalibur artillery shells and 16 High …

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Soft Power: the first steps.

Soft Power is my CalArts MFA thesis project, in which I am …

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