“Halal”

Ceramics and Light 2019

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Racism shapes the very words our politics speak today, and it underlies a broader history of exclusion in the U.S that many Americans overlook. That history also shapes Trump’s tweets and some responses to them, and it raises the question of who gives permission, the right for one to stay or leave. 

I am using soil from Chautauqua to create a plate.  I dug the clay with my own hands, and I prepared and fired it to serve a meal.  There is nothing more genuine, more indigenous than this. But now I feel compelled to ask: “Is this Halal (according to Sharia)? Is this permitted?”  Who am I to touch this earth? who am I to shape it in my own way? Do I even have a right to stand on the ground from which this came?  Why am I even asking these questions?  Who gets to decide this, anyway? This work is a response to the "Go Back to Your Country".