BONA FIDE ME   Embossing, Handmade Paper, 22" x 30" 2017

A series of three embossings with the words “BONA FIDE ME” embossed into hand-made paper. The piece takes up the Supreme Court decision on June 26th, 2017, temporarily barring entry of foreign nationals from six Muslim-majority countries that are not able to make a “credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” In particular, BONA FIDE ME queries the immigration order that overturned Obama administration policies by refusing asylum to LGBTQ populations that seek amnesty from countries of origin where they face persecution. BONA FIDE ME cites the use of ambiguous phrases such as ‘bonafide’, whose meanings can be changed at will. The three prints quietly state their protest through the formal language of embossing, a form frequently employed in official government papers such as marriage licenses and travel documents