blackbird online journal spring 2002 vol.1 no. 1


SARAH BEDNAREK  |  Reclining Terrorists

Reclining Terrorists, 1/2005, 90in x 36in x 36in, used sofa, hand screen printed fabric featuring American terrorists and terrorist groups (such as Ted Kaczynski and the KKK)

I often romanticize freedom fighters. It seems so noble and heroic. However, this implies blindness to the atrocities committed in the name of freedom (whatever that is). In this work I was attempting to criticize my own blindness.

This is a couch upholstered in fabric I altered, based on Waverly’s "Country Life." Normally the manufactured toile depicts genre scenes of happy peasants going about their leisure. I removed the peasants and replaced them with American terrorists and terrorist groups. There are, for example, Black Panthers and the KKK, the Unabomber and Patti Hearst, the Michigan Militia and the Weather Underground.

Putting the fabric back into a domestic setting reminds me that there is no romantic "other place" nor "other people" who engage in the struggle for self-determination. It is here and now, though most of the time I do not agree with the aims or tactics employed by these groups and individuals.

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