Common Sense 1770-2019, 2020

Vegetable bags, plastic refuse, embroidery floss
33” x 20”

In 1770, Thomas Paine warned that the dangers of the “long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, makes it superficially appear right.” In his appeal to the colonists to rise up against British rule, he used the phrase, “the times have found us.” Amid the decision to impeach President Trump in 2019, Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, invoked this same phrase. Much of what will remain from the human era will be bits of plastic waste.