About this piece:
In the run up to the 2020 US Presidential Election, Diane Fine organized the slate for this Ballot by asking fellow artists to put something on the ballot. The same letterpess-printed ballot was mailed to the six civic-minded individuals who said, “yes.” Starting with Fine handing the piece off to Norman Taber, it then went to Barb Tetenbaum and so on. From the east coast to the west coast and back again, each artist added their visual comment/proposal. In a note about her contribution, Phyllis McGibbon wrote: “BTW, the wee shapes I utilized for my ballot collage are from ‘ugly gerry’, an open source typeface you may have heard about- it’s made from gerrymandered voting districts.”
Fine saw this as a write-in ballot of sorts, one that would possibly mitigate the stress and concern for the outcome of the election. This was, in essence, a mail-in ballot, on paper, collected and counted. All the proposals passed by a large margin and no one contested the outcome.
The second slide included is just a key to which piece is done by which artist. It only exists digitally.
ink, paper, gouache
About the artist:
Lives and works in Plattsburgh, New York.
All the authors of Ballot have individual studio practices and are on the faculty at academic institutions.
Diane Fine and Norman Taber both teach at the State University of New York -Plattsburgh, Mario Laplante teaches at San Francisco State University, Phyllis McGibbon teaches at Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, Laura Pharis at Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, VA, James Sturm at the Center for Cartoon Studies, White River Junction, VT and Barb Tetenbaum at Reed College, Portland OR.