Projects > The Scapegoat Reliquary (2018-Present)

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

The Scapegoat Reliquary is a site specific installation featuring ceramics, sculpture, lithographs, and embroidery that celebrates the archetype of the scapegoat as one worthy of worship. The Scapegoat Reliquary is a meditation on those individuals in any culture that are scapegoated and cast away for their queer sensibilities. The scapegoat is always wrongfully blamed for the systemic problems of the society.

The Scapegoat Reliquary is situated in the main dining quarters of the Heurich House Museum. The room is home to the largest collection of Scapegoat-Idols in the world. What was once the lively heart of the house, is now a place of contemplation and introspection.

The Scapegoat Reliquary celebrates the survival, resiliency, and triumph of the
scapegoat against adversity . The installation invites visitors to think about their own relationship to ancient ideas about blame and shame — and consider their personal relationship to contemporary North American modes that upkeep white-social-dominance while disparaging immigrant-communities-of-color.


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

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