About this piece:
During a political rally held on February 28, 2020 President Trump redirected the nation’s attention from the growing concern of the Covid-19 pandemic to what he referred to as a political hoax by the Democratic party when his slow response fell under scrutiny. We have been divided as a nation on this issue since.
This book visually tracks the spread of the novel coronavirus from the time of that utterance until June 1, 2020 when the coronavirus death toll in the United States totaled more than 105,000. Red lines fill the pages, multiplying rapidly, until finally the entire page becomes filled. Each line is composed of the word hoax repeated over and over, visible only under high magnification. There are well over a million hoaxes in this book, representing the known cases of coronavirus in the United States recorded as of June 1, 2020. Over 105,500 individual threads spill out of the book. 105,500 American lives lost, and counting, after a global healthcare crisis became political.
paper, ink, thread, cloth
About the artist:
Lives and works in Rochester Hills, Michigan.
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. Her work has been exhibited internationally and can be found in private and public collections.