Proposal for a Fig Tree
1. Secure permissions from various museums to work with conservators of Greek and Roman figurative sculpture.
2. Work with museum teams to cast the fig leaves used to hide the "shameful" genitals of these nude works of antiquity.
3. Cast a real, but leafless, fig tree found in Athens, which has died from drought—under a regime of austerity mandated by Neoliberal economic policies, designed partly to shame the Greek people for failing to live up to the economic growth of the rest of the EU.
4. Add the replicated leaves to the form of the tree, creating a sculptural commentary on capitalism and shame, contextualized between antiquity and modernity.