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Hit Me with Your Best Shot

Jennifer Ling Datchuk21st Century

ArtsWestchester

ArtsWestchester
White Plains, United States

From the artist: “’Hit Me With Your Best Shot’ is made from collectible, editioned Lenox, USA china commemorating the White House of the Confederacy. These were made in the USA in 1971 and designed by the Trustees of the White House of the Confederacy Committee and the construction of the new Museum of the Confederacy. There are about 10-12 different designs and I purchased the plates from eBay and they all come from sellers in Richmond, Virginia. They come in special boxes with pamphlets telling a brief history of the scene or general depicted with no mention of the Civil War, the enslaved people, or Black oppression. One complete set of these plates are on display at the Smithsonian.
When I was creating this piece last year, I listened to debates and watched a Confederate statue be removed from downtown San Antonio and a local school go through the process of changing their name from Robert E. Lee high school to Legacy of Educational Excellence (LEE). San Antonio is a minority majority city but the power structures are still white.
The images of these plates are known people, places, and things that played significant roles in the Confederacy and the oppression of Black people. The oppression of people of color continued after the Civil War and the histories, stories, and lynching of African Americans, Latinos, Asians, Native Americans, and Jews, in the American West and nationwide. This oppression and ideology continues to align with white supremacy, KKK, khaki brigade, voter suppression, anti-Semitism, police brutality and so much more to list.

I worked with a water jet cutting business in San Antonio to cut out the main image of the plate - essentially erase them and remove them from the collectable, and dismantle their power and value in the object. I then transformed the cut images by painting MAGA hats on them to show how history of oppression is repeating itself and we have a President that is igniting it. The images become charms on a bracelet, a collection of monuments taken down. They are attached to a Cubin linked iced chain bracelet that I purchased in Chinatown, NYC on hip hop jewelry street. Each store has names of every hip hop/pop artist who has visited their stores. They are Chinese owned and operated and complete fakes made to look very real. Each piece has hand set stones and after the purchase the seller stamps "14K" on the back to give the appearance of genuine gold and diamond jewelry.

Like the grill and this cut plate jewelry, I am interested in the Asian labor in creating objects of cultural ownership and significance that exist in complicated conversations about pop culture.”

Details

  • Title: Hit Me with Your Best Shot
  • Creator: Jennifer Ling Datchuk
  • Date Created: 21st Century
  • Location Created: Austin, TX
  • Physical Dimensions: 24"x18"x7"
  • Type: Mixed Media
  • Medium: Digital Print on Hahnemuhle Fine Art Pearl 285gsm, Made-in-China Cuban Link Iced Out Bracelet, Water Jet Cut Lenox Oxford China Porcelain Plates from the Confederacy Collection for The White House of the Confederacy, Nails from Glaze Nail Lounge, Plexiglas Box

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