About this piece:
In Defense is a handmade box with a set of pencils and hand bound booklet. The pencils are commercially printed with text that reads,
“In defense of James Clapper, the least untruthful statement is merely incomplete, not false.”
They sit in a hand-carved wooden base. The booklet inside the box includes a transcript of former US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s false testimony before a US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on March 12, 2013. Inside the booklet, large amounts of white space surround the text, visually suggesting Clapper’s awkward silence and hesitation when being questioned. The pencils represent the possibility of erasure or change. The seal on the booklet cover and screen printed on the lid of the box is modeled after cryptic government and military insignia for covert programs. This piece is a tongue in cheek defense of the NSA’s surveillance of American citizens and Clapper’s sudden amnesia when pointedly asked about his agency’s activities.
Pencils, wood, book board, book cloth, ink, paper
About the artist:
Lives and works in Denver, Colorado, United States.
Kim Morski is a visual artist based in Denver, Colorado, recognized for her work in printmaking, book arts, and socially engaged community arts projects. Her practice also includes curating and arts education. Her artists books are held in several collections including the University of Denver, Washington University in St. Louis, and the Joan Flasch Artists Book Collection at SAIC. She earned a BFA in Printmaking from Washington University in St. Louis. Morski was born in Missouri.