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The Scapegoat Reliquary, 2018
A (Good) American
Heurich House Museum
curated by Philippa Hughes

THE SCAPEGOAT RELIQUARY (2018-Present) is the largest installation of scapegoat idols on view, uniquely exhibited at the Heurich House Museum. Set in the main dining quarters, THE SCAPEGOAT RELIQUARY transforms what is traditionally the most lively part of the Western home into a space dedicated to contemplation, introspection and a celebration of the resiliency and triumph of marginalized immigrant communities. Each sculpted talisman is a meditative exploration of the indoctrination into societal othering as a form of devoted practice. In it, the deity is the Scapegoat Idol, a figurative representation of internalized acts and subconscious thought processes that sacrifice individuals within a community for their Queer existences. The installation invites visitors to assess their personal relationship with bias and contemporary North American ideals which enable and continue white social dominance structures while disparaging immigrant communities of color.

THE SCAPEGOAT RELIQUARY

Slave Vase Mantle:
“Scapegoat-Idols or Immigrant Children on Emergency Blanket” , 2018
ceramics, emergency blanket, Vase from the museum collection

Glass-Top Desk:
“Scapegoat Throne with Chain”, 2014
found materials, chair, thread, wire, silk flowers, chain, acrylic paint, emergency blanket

Dinner Table:
“Sobremesa | Meaningful Dialogue”, 2017-2018
Embroidered placemats, vinyl tablecloth, mylar, ceramics

Doorway Obstruction:
“White Construction | The White Wall”, 2016
cut vinyl on clear film

Floor:
“I Am Not Your Scapegoat”, 2015
lithograph prints on newsprint, emergency blanket, mylar