Jaime Lynn Shafer – Code Red


© 2016

edition of 30

dimensions in inches: 4.25 x 5

About this piece:
The repeated news of guns violence in public settings and school settings, as well as my experience as a school teacher, prompted me to examine school shootings in the United States. Code Red is issued when an imminent and major danger threatens school safety. The interior text, printed from wood type, identifies documented locations where children have found loaded guns in the home. The exterior brick is printed as a memorial to the numerous victims of school shootings and includes names and ages. This is not an all inclusive list, but represents a sampling of children and adults who have been fatally shot in a school environment. The text message is reminiscent of the message I received from my partner (a trauma counselor) when an active shooter was on her school campus. This incident helped me to better understand the anxiety and fear that teachers, students, and parents experience during a code red.

The text on the interior, identifying locations where children find loaded guns in the home, comes from various published police reports that I read while researching this piece. The silhouetted images are based on various video documentation of children fleeing shootings and of perpetrators approaching groups of students. I researched and read as much as I could find about each victim in an effort to properly pay honor to those murdered.

Mohawk paper, book cloth, PVA

About the artist:
Lives and works in Reno, Nevada, United States

Jaime Lynn Shafer is a 2014 Corcoran College of Art+Design MA Art & the Book graduate. A native of Pennsylvania, Shafer graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1999 with a B.F.A. in Fine Arts/Ceramics and a certification in art education. She spent 13 years teaching art in the Pennsylvania public school system. Shafer’s work has been exhibited in the US and abroad and is a part of the permanent collection of UCLA Biomedical Library among many others. She was the 2014-2016 Redfield Black Rock Press Fellow in Book Arts at the University of Nevada, Reno.


Jaime Lynn Shafer – Code Red