We Have A Common Thread: American Juju, For The Tapestry of Truth
Nueberger Museum, 2015
International artist Teresa Margolles commissioned myself, with Michelle Bishop, Laura Gadson and Jerry Gant to produce a work for her show "We Have A Common Thread", at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, N.Y.
Teresa's work illustrates the impact of violence on communities. In an examination of the death of Eric Garner by police, a cloth containing fragments taken from the ground where he lay, (through a process developed by the artist) was presented to us to express our response to this act. We delivered a (de)construction of the U.S. flag, each of us concentrating on a particular aspect of it.
I spotlighted female victims of police violence. the selective attention of the media, creates a gender bias that renders Black and Latinx women–inuring the perp's immunity. The victims named were given press at that time, but now I had to search to even find a mention. How can their families get justice?
Conni Maculata is the patron saint I created for the victim's memorial; her name a play on conium maculatum, the Latin name for Hemlock. This poisonous plant has been the instrument of women's justice for centuries. Ironically, in very small doses however, it is used for the rapid healing of serious wounds.
Embroidery, gave the victims the "Hollywood Star" treatment. Because in our entertainment society, celebrity is how people remain in our minds.
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