I began The White House China series in the spring of 2016 to explore the incongruity of an America established through violent conquest yet framed by the most elegant theory and language. A country once perceived as a beacon for democracy has at its root, the constant struggle for social justice; an environment treasured and exploited, a worldview both protective and invasive. Embedded in a patriotic narrative, the rise and economic glory of the United States was fueled by the eradication of indigenous people and built through the labors of the enslaved. The White House was no exception.
My look at presidential contradictions and character flaws sits in stark contrast to the supposed civilization and culture set around historic dining tables.
Recreations of presidential china are based on either the official state or personal collections of the presidents they represent or that of their predecessors.