THE PEN  2013-16

Ink on paper, various dimensions.

In fiction, swine have acted as agents of both revolution and repression. In this series, they are agents of anti-intellectualism. During Pol Pot’s regime in Cambodia, the National Library was used as a stable and piggery. Its books fueled cooking fires; their pages were rolled for cigarette papers. Behind the library, the National Archives were used as barracks to house those who butchered pork for soldiers; the library's garden was used for executing people. The uneducated were glorified.

In a post-truth age shaped by Roger Ailes, ignorance has become a dangerous bliss.