#MINE

In 2017, I photographed a gold mirrored #MINE sign across the country from San Francisco to New York City. Using the Trump Tower typeface, the #MINE sign points to the greed and rising nationalism and the absurd usage of hashtags on Twitter by the President of the United States. Inspired by Woody Guthrie's anthem This Land is Your Land, a recovered stanza says: “As I went walking I saw a sign there / And on the sign it said "No Trespassing."  / But on the other side it didn't say nothing, / That side was made for you and me.” If it’s possible for my #MINE SIGN to be interpreted from two sides, perhaps in the spirit of Walt Whitman's Song of Myself, it is a gesture of recuperation and an image of a collective self. Installed at the Arlington Arts Center in 2018, curated by Karyn Miller.