Artist susan c. dessel speaks about her work “Simple Math”:
In the New York TIMES Opinion piece (Oct. 22, 2017, “This Is Not Just a War Of Words”) about responses to racist comments made by our President, U. MI Professor Tiya Miles shares her fears for “those who volunteer to risk their bodies” yet closes by stating, “The change[s] we seek to make won’t be accomplished by words alone.”
The diminishment of accessible, land-based public spaces – and the bureaucratic restrictions imposed on gathering in such spaces – combined with the ongoing expansion of virtual public spaces argue the importance of resisting through both words and actions.
As an artist my work considers the responsibility of each of us to effect social change through our own actions or inaction, leaving individual viewers to interpret and conclude on their own. SIMPLE MATH speaks to this.