Believe me: Flag (small), 2016 – ongoing, punched Braille on gold foil paper on paper, felt cloth, 39 x 65 inches. Defining The Art of Change in the Age of Trump, The Center for Contemporary Political Art, Washington DC, September 28 – November 14, 2018.
The limits of my language mean the limits of my world. Ludwig Wittgenstein
Believe me is a self-reflective U.S. flag exorcising meditation about one’s character, actions, and motives. Signifying language, value and principles, the flag is constructed of gold ‘brick’ panels, each displaying inflammatory, derogatory and incendiary words spoken and texted by President Trump. Collected as data and transcribed in Braille, the title is taken directly from his language as a means to influence, infect and validate. As an individual, parent, educator, and a US citizen, this level of language used by anyone in a public forum is unacceptable. Believe me is both a protest and an opportunity. It is a time-based work on inexpensive gold foil paper and codified to intentionally obstruct information, entangling the viewer within its materiality, content and irony. Come see yourself. You will be very, very, very amazed! Believe me.