Purge: The Nazi Seizure of Power
altered book, matches
8 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 5 3/4 in.
Transforming the book draws attention to both the literal and metaphorical aspects of the Nazi genocide of six million Jews in concentration camps. The textures of paper, ink, and sulfur are revealed through both physical touch and sight, with the works cluster of matches being latently explosive. Recalling the Nazis vicious culture of book-burning, the works combined tactile and visual irony figures both the destruction of this one book and of the Nazis monstrous ideals in a ceremonial fire.