Never Knowing Why

On 20 April 1999, Dylan Klebold, aged 17, along with his school friend Eric Harris, entered Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado and together proceeded to shoot dead 12 of their fellow students and a teacher. At 12.08pm, in the school library, they turned their guns on themselves.

Dylan Klebold was a bright student from a good home, yet he appears to have felt marginalized and alienated by his community.

In a journal entry on 15 April 1997, he wrote, “OOOh god i HATE my life, i want to die really bad right now – let’s see what i have that’s good: A nice family, a good house, food, a couple good friends, & possessions.

What’s bad: no girls (friends or girlfriends), no other friends except a few, nobody accepting me even though i want to be accepted, me doing badly & being intimidated in any & all sports, me looking wierd & acting shy – BIG problem, me getting bad grades, having no ambition of life, thats the big shit.”
 
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Work from the series were exhibited in ‘@paintbritain’, Ipswich Museums and Art Galleries from 2014 – 2015 and the in 2015-16 at the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts in ‘Contemporary Drawings from Britain’ then in WBX AC New York.

The original drawings were purchased by the New Art Gallery Walsall in 2016.

Read an introductory essay by Robert Priseman and interviews with curator Jessica Litherland and writer John-Paul Pryor.

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