elaine longtemps america homeland

Cross By The Side Of The Road, polymer-painted rope, polymer, straight pins, oil marker, pencil, cotton duck, 82"x40"x17"

This piece is inspired by the senseless murder of a college student after her car broke down on an Iowa highway. The design is meticulously laid out using symbolic colors (rust and white for the striped truck witnesses saw; black and yellow in the cross shape for "danger"). The music used, a religious chant from the Bakgavada, is plotted out carefully with pins. Then the story is written over and over again, as a chant, covering the entire surface until it is no longer readable. The rope placement is haphazard and never completed, as though cut off mid-life, culminating in a pool of red rope on the floor symbolizing blood.

Photography by Sean Longtemps