Anna Elise Johnson: Sapphire
October 7, 2016
Sapphire is a group exhibition coinciding with the 2016 presidential election and leading up to the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States. Common Cause Illinois, our partnering non-profit organization for this exhibition, engages the public on such issues as voting and elections, money in politics, and the ethics of media and democracy. The civically-engaged artworks in Sapphire touch upon, elaborate, and divert from these issues through collage, painting, drawing, and sculpture. Certain works were conceived as “democratic” and invite direct interaction with visitors. Others depict parafictional narratives (a genre between fact and fiction), bureaucratic imagery, and national democratic symbols.