Ellis Angel is an emerging activist artist. With a concentration in mixed media, more specifically paper weaving; Ellis seeks to reduce text and meanings to their basic parts in order to provide the viewer with a different reading of the theme. As with “Article I, Section 9, Clause 8,” Ellis provides a commentary or subtle protest though the subversive nature of destroying something of value. Coupling this with the more female realm of weaving, but using paper rather than textiles, Ellis uses one of the oldest art forms to say something of current affairs.
No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatsoever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.
- Title of Nobility Clause
“Article I, Section 9, Clause 8” refers to the emoluments clause of The Constitution. It reads:
“No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince or foreign State.”
President Trump continues to profit from his holdings, and by implementing laws or holding events at his facilities as examples, creates a conflict of interest as our president.
As a culture, we agree that both money and The Constitution hold value. This work is an act of resistance through the process of tearing up money and the constitution, reducing this little bit of personal wealth to nothing as civil disobedience. I’ve invested $100 dollars as a statement, but, as a nation, we stand to lose much more when we have someone in office that can make political decisions that allow him to profit personally. The office he holds asks that he serve the people, rather than himself.
If you look closely, you’ll see Clause 8 circled in red.
The personal is political.
Be the change.