The wall texts installed in Riggs Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art were recontextualizations of political speech from 2021, specifically Trump’s words spoken at the Ellipse on the morning of January 6. Trump's words formed the vertical red spine which was then crossed horizontally with a line of text derived from documents such as losing presidential candidates’ concession speeches, the article in the Constitution prescribing the counting of electoral college votes, and speeches given at peaceful protest marches,
The wall texts lived a second life as they were deinstalled. As I scraped away most of words composing the central spine, along with some of the surrounding horizontal lines, a new image emerged.
The large loud wall texts were transformed into something more quiet. Removing the spine created a visible divide in the concordance - making manifest the divisiveness that underlies recent American politics.