Around the apartment

Oil painting from high-school, chair guts, pants legs..

Bathroom
Mask – Mixed media.

From Infidel/ity – 2010

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About Morgan Sanders

My work addresses collective identity – how it is created and performed – and currently, the contradictions that become apparent in political posturing. I am interested in the tensions between political power and moral authority, and how they are often masked by a devotion to legislating matters of the body. The Family, a Christian fundamentalist organization whose members include U.S. Senators and Congressmen, is territory where we see the inconstancy of the masked figure. A platform of family values clashes with scandals of infidelity, and benevolent proselytizing blends with incendiary rhetoric. The Family's work has catalyzed anti-gay legislation in the Ugandan parliament that calls for executing the HIV positive population. Political members of The Family exploit Christian texts and morality in an attempt to govern the body, while at the same time, the news is saturated with extramarital affairs and other transgressions by these same politicians, most notably Senator John Ensign and Governor Mark Sanford. I am currently using my blood to render the politicians who are Family members, binding them to their notions of the abject and base, as well as the source of their anxieties – gay blood. Imbued with the stigma of disease, I use blood to render narratives of violence and to interrogate the formal neutrality of political portraiture. As the work expands, I have begun to inhabit the identities of these political figures by creating masks, which allow performances of their contradictory behavior – playfully pornographic tableaus that puncture images of authority.
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