Year: 2002

Edition: Unique
Archival: hard drive computer, flash drive
Signed Certificate of Authenticity
Provenance: Acme Gallery, Los Angeles 


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For Jennifer, Jimmy Carter, 2002 marked a significant moment in the development in her oeuvre when she moved from abstraction to more representational imagery. 

Jimmy Carter is a site-specific video installation that fills large walls of the gallery; thousands of computer synthesized flowers swing back and forth. The flowers create an illusion where space seems to dematerialize. It feels as though the walls are moving along with the flowers.

The piece was made as my response to 9/11/2001. At the time I found it very difficult to make any statements against the war in response to 911 without being considered an anti-patriotic terrorist. I decided to defend my patriotism and create a statement of peace by naming the art after an American president.

 I named this piece Jimmy Carter in honor of a man I respect very much. He is an incredible, selfless, and generous leader. It is unbelievable to me that the United States political system was able to choose this amazing person to lead the country. At the same time Carter was receiving the Nobel Peace Prize "for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international  conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote  economic and social development". 

Jennifer Steinkamp