“I know we have, they say they have science on one side but then they also have those horrible emails that were sent between the scientists. Where was that, in Geneva or wherever five years ago? Terrible. Where they got caught, you know, so you see that and you say, what’s this all about. I absolutely have an open mind. I will tell you this: Clean air is vitally important. Clean water, crystal clean water is vitally important. Safety is vitally important.”—Donald Trump to the New York Times, November 2016
Air, water, and safety—these are the “vitally important” attributes named by then President-Elect Donald Trump. This series of acrylic and polyester dimensional photographs experiments with circular windows creating a 3D Venn Diagram of this triumvirate. Where do they overlap? Where do they diverge? Who gets to define “safety” and who or what is being kept safe, and at what cost? These photographs define safety as humanity’s contact with one another and with the land, rather than as a corporate or military imposition.