Elizabeth G. Kuhn

Dilemma, 1998

Quadruple-weave pick-up

47.5" x 40"

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Nobody likes to pay taxes.  We all think of the many personal things we would really like to do with our tax dollars, and sometimes resent having to send it to the government, especially since we have relatively little to say about how these dollars will be spent.  Keeping in mind the many benefits we all share from the programs funded by our tax dollars might make us less inclined to hoard our hard-earned money.

The figures of the men, seen as grasping at the dollar signs and coins of the inner section, overlap the border and inner section, as they do in Monkey.  The word "HOARD" in each of the four corners of the border, juxtaposed to the words around the border suggesting ways in which the government could be spending our tax money for the betterment of society, illustrates the problem being addressed in this piece.

Our inclination as humans is to keep all to ourselves (or hoard) the fruits of our labors (here represented by the dollar signs and coins), rather than sharing (albeit by law through taxation) what we earn; hence the dilemma.  Most tax payers, being law-abiding citizens, simply resolve the problem by paying their taxes according to the rules established by the government.  Others scurry around trying to find as many ways as they can to keep from having to pay as much as they should (known as finding loopholes), while some just don't pay at all.  The problem with tax loopholes and tax delinquents is that the government has less money to spend on programs designed to improve the quality of life for its citizens than it would if all were to contribute their full share.

Exhibitions of Dilemma
  • Show 5, Matrix Gallery, Sacramento, California, 1998
  • 3rd Annual National All Media Exhibition, Ridge Art Association, Winter Haven, Florida, 1999 (Award of Excellence)
  • National Juried Fine Craft Exhibition, Open Space Gallery, Allentown, Pennsylvania, 1999 (Mimi Miley Curator's Choice)
  • Accepted for inclusion in Fiberarts Design Book Six, 1999
  • Grateful Threads, The Delaplaine Visual Arts Center, Frederick, Maryland, 1999
  • Messages and Meanings in Woven Cloth, (MFA Exhibition), Gallery 138, Kent, Ohio, 2000
  • Sculpture and Fine Crafts, St. Louis Artist's Guild, St. Louis, Missouri, 2000
  • Cross Currents: the WAMA Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Walter Anderson Museum of Art, Ocean Springs, Mississippi, 2000
  • Blue ridge Handweaving Show, John M. Crawford Gallery, The Ashville School, Ashville, North Carolina, 2000 (First Prize, Decorative Non-Functional)
  • Pattern By Definition, Texas women's University, Denton, Texas, 2001
  • Vocal Threads, Ginko Gallery, Oberlin, Ohio 2001
  • 28th Annual Northern Lights Exhibition, White Bear Center for the Arts, White Bear Lake, Minnesota, 2002
  • The Woven Comment, Thomas More College, Crestview Hills, Kentucky, 2002
  • The Woven Comment, Ginko Gallery, Oberlin, Ohio, 2003
  • Modern Iconography, Claypool-Young Art Gallery, Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky, 2003