Wood, MDF, acrylic, enamel, india ink, chipboard, paper
19.5”W x 24”H x 18”D
This sculpture depicts a 19th C building with its façade torn off and its precious contents spilling out into the open void of space. For me this work is emblematic of a zone of liminality caused by a sudden and violent paradigm shift. This ‘zone’ bears the name of the US Country singer-whose anthemic song ‘God Bless the USA’ has been used by various political parties as a sonic signifier of patriotic zeal. This zone and its title speaks directly to a psychological compartment within me- who once believed in party lines, dogmatic strategies, and faithfull blindness to various aspirations; but due to subsequent upheaval has been violently thrust open by an unforeseen and catastrophic tectonic shift. This trauma disables the intended functionality of the original structure-rendering it & its precious contents no more than stage setting. This is one of an ongoing series of pieces investigating the concept of cognitive dissonance as articulated through architectural spaces.