19xx. MIXED MEDIA INSTALLATION. 9'x17'x21'
BARB WIRE, CHAIN LINK & THE FIRST AMENDMENT. Lead & gold leaf petitions, engraving tools, wood, text on foam core panels, chain link fence, acrylic on canvas. On the red painting, in back of the chain link fence, is stenciled the first amendment to the constitution. The small lead plaques below the painting refer to a specific insult to the first amendment. Along opposite wall are lead petitions. Viewers to the installation were invited to engrave their comments onto 4 lead petitions (60-72h x 20w) in response to statements above. There are twelve panels of text from a range of people, i.e., Elaine Pagel, author of Adam, Eve & The Serpent, Senator Jesse Helms, Ronald Reagan, etc. At the conclusion of the exhibition the lead petitions were sent to the Reauthorization Committee for the NEA of the US Congress in Washington, D.C. as an expresssion of our sentiment regarding censorship and the arts.