hardcover book, gouache, pencil
6 x 4 x 6 1/2 in.
Travel Ban is a bookwork based on a similar piece conceived in 1982 entitled, Writer’s Block. Three blue graphite pencils penetrate a small leather bound atlas. Where the pencils enter and exit the front and back covers, drops of red paint drip down that simulate blood. The pencils hold the book shut, a form of censorship, where the contents of essential map locations for travel destinations are censored. The piece alludes to the selective immigration ban that Donald Trump attempts to keep in place preventing a number of individuals from those countries from entering the United States.