Monday, March 9, 2009

Mel Chin

Mel Chin gets his message across in The Extraction of Plenty from What Remains: 1823- (1989) in the symbolism of the objects that uses as well as their materials. The empty cornucopia in the center forms a dramatic focal point, representing an absent prosperity, or severe need or lack. The horn is hand-made from mahogany, banana, mud, coffee, and goats' blood, and the two pillars that frame it are White House replicas, leading to the conclusion that this arrangement is a reaction to United States foreign policy, specifically the Monroe Doctrine (referenced in the title), which has weakened some countries ability to prosper.

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