Due to the current political and social hostilities that surround us everyday I have felt compelled to create work that is inclusive and stresses the importance of positive social agreements. In “America’s Social Contract” I depict diverse races of people pulling each other up, (very much opposed to individuals pushing each other down.) These watercolor paintings are laser cut, transforming them into objects that are literally made out of the words from the constitution. Both sides of the work are painted, making it necessary for the piece to be hung in a manner that allows the viewer to walk around the full piece. Whatever position a viewer is standing in s/he can always see the person on the “Other” side. As light hits the surface of the paintings a cast shadow of the words of the constitution falls on the viewer, making them one with the constitution.
By using two strongly contrasting techniques, (hand and machine made), the physical work reinforces the conceptual idea that sensory/emotive understanding is entangled with analytical logic. These two ways of perceiving the world are considered opposites in our culture, but in reality cannot be divorced from each other. The final art pieces are objective and intuitive, mechanical and intimate. The viewer can choose to focus on the "rationality" in the words, or the "sensory" in the bodies, or both. Whichever perspective is chosen, each remains equally significant within the physical object itself.