“Where Liberty Dwells” examines perceived reality and power concerning our current political climate. It calls attention to sweeping statements and misinformation in American culture, and how these influences shape contemporary thought while employing satire and kitsch to historicize the present era. The project features twenty objects, each representing a socio-political issue relevant to American experience today. The number twenty echoes the 20th Amendment regarding the termination date for elected officials in the United States, including the Presidency. These symbolic and historic “relics” are gilded in gold metal leaf and presented on lush velvet cushions atop ornate pedestals placed on leopard-print carpets. They specifically reference issues such as global warming, gun control, border protection, corruption, social media, international espionage, and patriarchy. The cushions, adorned with golden tassels with kitschy objects, referencing the opulence of the monarchy and the excesses associated with the 1%. Viewers must navigate the installation while encountering the embedded and latent tension present in these seemingly lavish objects. By historicizing our present moment, I communicate current issues through my artwork, such as the #MeToo era, late-stage capitalism, abortion rights, Wikileaks, Russiagate, and the current immigration policy. As a female artist reflecting on contemporary American culture, I find it crucial to map this moment in American history.

Where Liberty Dwells
2019
Metal, wood, plastic, resin, metal leaf, velvet fabric, tassels, stickers, lettering, plaster, acrylic, rhinestones, epoxy, wax, polyurethane, carpet, silicone, brass and shredded one dollar bills
Mock Up (size varies) Each sculpture stand approximately 32"h x 13"w x 13"d
#AirforceOne
2019
Brass, plastic, vinyl lettering, metal gold leaf, velvet fabric, tassels, plaster, and polyurethane
32"h x 13"w x 13"d
#AmericasPastime
2019
Brass, plastic, metal gold leaf, velvet fabric, tassels, plaster, and polyurethane
32"h x 13"w x 13"d
#AnimalRights
2019
Brass, metal gold leaf, velvet fabric, tassels, plaster, and polyurethane
32"h x 13"w x 13"d 
#ChildrenAreTheFuture
2019
Brass, plastic, metal gold leaf, velvet fabric, tassels, plaster, and polyurethane
32"h x 13"w x 13"d 
#FakeNews
2019
Brass, resin, metal gold leaf, velvet fabric, tassels, plaster, and polyurethane
32"h x 13"w x 13"d 
#FollowTheMoney
2019
Brass, metal gold leaf, shredded one dollar bills, velvet fabric, tassels, plaster, and polyurethane
32"h x 13"w x 13"d
#GlobalWarming
2019
Brass, metal, wood, metal gold leaf, velvet fabric, tassels, plaster, and polyurethane
32"h x 13"w x 13"d 
#GunControl
2019
Brass, metal, metal gold leaf, velvet fabric, tassels, plaster, and polyurethane
32"h x 13"w x 13"d
#IsThatAllThereIs
2019
Brass, resin, metal gold leaf, velvet fabric, tassels, plaster, and polyurethane
32"h x 13"w x 13"d
#Liberty
2019
Brass, metal, metal gold leaf, velvet fabric, tassels, plaster, and polyurethane
32"h x 13"w x 13"d 
#MakeAmericaGreatAgain
2019
Brass, resin, vinyl lettering, metal gold leaf, velvet fabric, tassels, plaster, and polyurethane
32"h x 13"w x 13"d
#MeToo
2019
Brass, resin, metal gold leaf, crystal, velvet fabric, tassels, plaster, and polyurethane
32"h x 13"w x 13"d
#NewYorkNewYork
2019
Brass, metal, metal gold leaf, velvet fabric, tassels, plaster, and polyurethane
32"h x 13"w x 13"d
#NotMyPresident
2019
Brass, resin, metal gold leaf, shredded one dollar bills, velvet fabric, tassels, plaster, and polyurethane
32"h x 13"w x 13"d 
#Patriarchal
2019
Brass, fabric, metal gold leaf, velvet fabric, tassels, plaster, and polyurethane
32"h x 13"w x 13"d
#Patriarchy
2019
Brass, plastic, metal gold leaf, rubber, velvet fabric, tassels, plaster, and polyurethane
32"h x 13"w x 13"d
#PutinMyLover
2019
Brass, wood, acrylic, metal gold leaf, velvet fabric, tassels, plaster, and polyurethane
32"h x 13"w x 13"d
#SuperSizeAmerica
2019
Brass, resin, metal gold leaf, velvet fabric, tassels, plaster, and polyurethane
32"h x 13"w x 13"d
#TheFinger
2019
Brass, resin, metal gold leaf, velvet fabric, tassels, plaster, and polyurethane
32"h x 13"w x 13"d
#TheHighLife
2020
Brass, mirror, metal gold leaf, velvet fabric, tassels, plaster, and polyurethane
32"h x 13"w x 13"d
#TheWall
2019
Brass, plastic, Swarovski crystals, metal gold leaf, velvet fabric, tassels, plaster, and polyurethane
32"h x 13"w x 13"d
#TheWhiteHouse
2019
Brass, metal, metal gold leaf, velvet fabric, tassels, plaster, and polyurethane
32"h x 13"w x 13"d
#TisTheeWeSing
2019
Brass, wood, fabric, crystals metal gold leaf, velvet fabric, tassels, plaster, and polyurethane
32"h x 13"w x 13"d
#Tweet
2019
Brass, wood, metal gold leaf, velvet fabric, tassels, plaster, and polyurethane
32"h x 13"w x 13"d