Assemble to Disassemble
Paper, tape, stickers, staples; foam, spackle, wood, epoxy, acrylic paint; migajón: white bread, glue, lotion, vinegar, acrylic paint
22 ft. x 20 ft.
Installed in the Texas Capitol Ground Floor Rotunda for the first week of the 86th Legislative session, Assemble to Disassemble illustrated the determination of young people calling nationwide for change after 2018 school shootings. In this piece paper Mary Jane shoes in a a military-style grid direct themselves at a disassembled AR-15, as if the young people have done their work. The shoes were handmade by a community of friends, colleagues and kids. Among the gun parts blossom white flowers made from a bread-and-glue recipe called migajón — used by generations of women to create heirlooms for their daughters and granddaughters — representing home, hope, and a new generation of Texas leaders. Assemble to Disassemble served as the centerpiece for a Fisher-curated exhibition with Naomi Spinak’s quilted Sweet Land of Liberty and Mison Kim’s architectural drawing series Guns, Games and Glory. In February 2020, Harvard University hosted the exhibition in the Smith Center. For press, statements, and the Harvard show, please see below. (Photographs by Philip Rogers)