artwork > Chad series

Bunny Burson's chad series focuses on the Presidential election of 2000 and the consequences of a failed electoral process. As a medium she uses chad, which has become the universal symbol of the corrupted ballot. From Iraq to Katrina, the controversial election results in 2000 and again in 2004 triggered devastation.

Chad is a paradoxical medium. On the one hand it is a colorful, discarded fragment of paper. But on the other hand it represents power, the vote. That paradox is carried forward in her work. Using the delicate chad, she creates storms, which have become a metaphor for the powerful consequences of the election results. Her work evokes failures of the past to inspire efforts to correct our election processes and to highlight the vigilance necessary to make sure that each vote is honestly cast and counted. Political art becomes particularly important during times of divisiveness and uncertainty. This is one of those moments.