About this piece:
This is a book that can’t close. Both ends of the concertina share the same cover, so that it remains open, and the pages are always visible as a constant reminder of Covid-19. Lines composed of the repeated word hoax are layered on top of each other becoming near solid red as the concertina progresses.
At the end of February 2020 then President Trump referred to the politicizing of the coronavirus pandemic as a hoax, thus confusing many into believing that the virus itself was a hoax. His single word “hoax” caused widespread suspicion, disbelief and defiance at the notion of coming together as a nation to contain the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. More than a year later the virus remains a constant, something we have to always consider in our daily lives while the case numbers continue to move up and down. It is always present. This chapter in history cannot yet be closed and shelved. We are always mindful of it.
paper, board, ink
About the artist:
Erin K. Schmidt is a book artist living in Michigan. She earned her BFA from Michigan State University and her MA in Book Arts from University of the Arts London, Camberwell College of Arts. Her work has been exhibited internationally and can be found in private and public collections.