In Australia we also have a reckoning too around images and civic spaces of the colonists in the places where I live and work. How we choose to move forward from this moment, and as someone who makes and thinks about images, is endlessly complex and compelling but something we as a society MUST reckon with. This ties into important societal questions about monuments and history: and the way it is depicted, celebrated and acknowledged.
I have included works using text most notably from Walt Whitman (Song of Myself and his poem for Lincoln – This Dust was Once the Man) and Bob Dylan who paraphrases Whitman in his song I Contain Multitudes. I have used recent comments by the current President (person, woman, man, camera, TV) and Donald Rumsfeld’s earth-shattering philosophical argument about known knowns.
I feel ceramics can play a role in marking and holding history in way many other art forms cannot. It stays fixed in time, hard and strong and it is one of the reasons I am drawn to it.
If the current collision between history, virus, race, ethics and equity tells us anything, it is that change to our shared societies must happen and the sooner the better.