This body of work responds to research that deals with a multi-layered overlap between Christianity, slavery and education.
The Seminal piece for this project is "Omission" which is inspired by the Museum of the Bible's 2018 exhibition called "The Slave Bible: Let the Story Be Told." The Augmented Reality reveal on both the cover and final page of the "Omission" sculpture show a respective cover of 1807 publication "Parts of the Holy Bible, selected for the use of the Negro Slaves, in the British West-India Islands" along with a redacted title page to the Omission piece.
British missionaries used the 1807 bible to educate and proselytize an enslaved population. The editors removed 90 percent of the Old Testament and half of the New Testament. Among the excluded passages are Galatians 3:28, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus", which was thought to possibly incite rebellion. Passages like Ephesians 6:5, "Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ," were kept. This bible at the Museum of the Bible exhibit was one of three copies of this version, and is owned by Fisk University. It was printed by Law and Gilbert of London, for the Society for the Conversion of Negro Slaves.
This oeuvre continues upon the narrative of edifice and ecclesiastical influences on 19th Century African American Education. The drawing is an ode to the educator and preacher, Daniel Coker, who founded African Bethel Church in 1816, while the photograph taken of the Haitian church, "Ansyen Catedral la" show, how very early on, the role that Christianity played in the African Diaspora. An augmented text reveal is displayed, whereas usually, the words are hidden until one looks at the image through the screen of a smartphone while the Renovations App is turned on.