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The Great Enemy of Truth

Installation view Turchin Center for Visual Art
Hand cut set of Confederate commemorative porcelain plates, paper packaging, glass, wood, brass wall mounts
260" H 60" W 5" D
2019

“For the great enemy of truth is very often not the lie — deliberate, contrived, and dishonest — but the myth — persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.” -JFK

The Great Enemy of Truth is a full set of Confederate commemorative plates and packaging with the Confederate symbols extracted leaving only the American landscape between the voids. The dust and text from each removal was harvested and is displayed below its plate of origin to show that history cannot be erased; there is still a residue. This piece is my reaction to the recent increase of Confederate pride and normalization of white supremacy in the United States that I cannot sympathize with, even with distant familial ties to the Confederate Army. These plates were printed long after the war in 1971. I believe as a country we need to be mindful about the things we celebrate and what that says about our values. These things happened, the dust remains, and the facts do not change with statues and keepsakes.