The Travelers' New Clothes

The Travelers' New Clothes

In progress 2014

Each canvas 36" x 80

Seen here are the full scale paper stencils based on TSA airport security Advanced Information Technology (AIT) body scans. These “full-body” scans are at the center of a heated debate over passenger safety and personal privacy.

The title of this work is a reference to the Hans Christen Anderson tale, The Emperor’s New Clothes, a story about a king who parades in public wearing his new invisible clothes. The crowd of on-lookers is deluded into thinking the King must be wearing a fine suit of clothes, having convinced themselves with a kind of mass-hypnosis. All is well until a child cries out, "But he isn't wearing anything at all!", and the spell is broken. The story is about a situation where no one really believes, but everyone believes that everyone else believes.