Cover Your Mouth
“Being Chinese and gay, I explore sexuality, relationships, and balance from personal experience through mixed-media book arts. 'Cover Your Mouth' was made with a face mask as the cover and text printed on one long page with stitches. COVID-19 has affected 2020 with tragedies and inconveniences, yet President Trump did not take the pandemic seriously and blamed China for everything. I printed out a speech from President Trump and stitched-out lines with red threads to emphasize the narrative. By altering the text, the speech reveals the truth and facts of the pandemic, instead of blaming others with hatred.” - Jacob Z. Wan
Jacob Z. Wan (self-published)
Racism, politics, government, pandemic
3.5 x 4 x 0.5 in
Mask with embroidery
Cloth mask, paper
DIgitally printed text on paper with thread stitches
Wan, Jacob Z., "Cover Your Mouth" (2020). Rollins College Book Arts Collection. 29.
This work was featured in the Cornell Fine Arts Museum as a part of the exhibition “Common Ground: Selected Works from The Rollins Book Arts Collection” from September 18, 2021 – December 31, 2021.