Artist's Statements About Individual
FERMEZ LA BUSH!
(Bumper stickers, buttons, signs)
President George W. Bush abandoned traditional diplomacy early
in his tenure as president, putting the USA's relationship with
long-term allies on tenuous grounds. When the French protested his
behavior, U.S. Republicans reacted by boycotting French wine and
eating what they termed “freedom” fries. It seemed appropriate to
voice my own displeasure with a directive learned in French I: Fermez
la bouche! (close the mouth) -- but with a twist. Fortunately, I
did not sacrifice my own relationship with mes amis, perhaps because
they were more offended by President Bush's actions than they were
by my playing rather fast and lose with their language (...or perhaps
it reinforced their expectations, and the joke's on me, after all!).