Public Sale, 2020
Letterpress print on paper using a polymer plate and handset wood type editioned on Mullowney Printing’s Vandercook Letterpress
Printed by Paul Mullowney and Erin McAdams in an edition of 50 plus proofs
Signed and numbered on the recto in pencil
Sheet: 20 x 15 inches unframed
Co-published by BOXBLUR, Catharine Clark Gallery, and Mullowney Printing, San Francisco, CA and Portland, OR
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For this project, I wanted to create a broadside that advertises the imagined sale of Dianne Feinstein's San Francisco mansion, that takes place on the Ides of March. The home has been a site of protests in recent years. Recently, Feinstein was in the news distancing herself from her billionaire husband, who sold significant amounts of stock right before the Covid-19 crisis that began in mid-March. Feinstein's extreme wealth, gained in large part from property investments, raises questions about her ability to ethically govern in an area with a notorious housing crisis.
I'm interested in her as a complex character: she has one foot squarely rooted in conservative aesthetics of mainstream womanhood, and another deeply invested in accruing and maintaining her own power. Perhaps this contradictory combination, embodied in an iconic Democratic female political leader, re-enforces social and economic inequality rather than challenging it.
Video of Katherine Vetne and Erin McAdams printing live at Catharine Clark Gallery. March 14, 2020