UNTITLED (UNITED STATES OF US)
white duvet cover and cotton threads
TORN DUVET COVERS, RECONSTRUCTED INTO:
A SUTURE STITCHED AMERICAN FLAG
AND A SERIES OF EMBROIDERED PILLOW CASES
*created for Blanket Statements an exhibition at The Overlook Place
After Trump's election, November 2016, I moved back to Germany, having lived in the US since 2008.
Most Europeans would engage in conversation about politics immediately upon my return.
I began collecting their opinions.
The hurt of oversimplifications.
I felt an intimate pain and anger about their comments on the US.
How easily we fall into us versus them narratives.
Jarring inflammatory proclamations of privilege.
The bodily fabric of sheets combined with creating physical borders in the space:
The pillows a soft barrier dissecting the space.
The flag an interactive tool to be used by the audience—militaristically folding and unfolding it in pairs of two.
Making myself and others physically complicit in upholding the flawed status quo and racial inequalities.