A friend remarked to me right as I was starting this project that it’s our job to make the kind of work we wish we saw more of in the world. There is the field of American art and culture focused on offering momentary escape, and then there is the smaller field, focused on helping confront some part of our own lives. The former, though fine in small doses, is almost ubiquitous and has mass appeal. The latter is more rarely addressed, mostly because it’s harder and also, less fun. Despite that, it desperately needs our continued attention and care. This was always in the back of my mind while making this work.

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