In the Now

Since 2016 I have been making Glass Cathedrals that explicitly deal with politics and political activism. Each Glass Cathedral was created and exhibited separately (unlike in other collections) but I have brought them together here to be viewed in one place.

The Orange Emperor’s New Clothes

2017 | Discretion advised

There are few scenes more offensive that Trump surrounded by his cabal of nodding white men.

It's an imperfect metaphor but interesting to explore. In the original tale the emperor is duped by his weavers who say that they have made him clothes of fine fabric, invisible to anyone who is either unfit for his position or "hopelessly stupid". No one, not even the emperor or his ministers can see the "clothes", but they all pretend that they can for fear of appearing unfit for their positions. When the Emperor parades through town, the townsfolk go along with the pretense, not wanting to appear stupid. Finally, a child in the crowd blurts out that the emperor is wearing nothing at all and the cry is then taken up by others. The emperor realizes the assertion is true but continues the procession.

This box was not fun to make!