In God We Trust is a monumental sized canvas featuring a snapshot grouping of American soldiers, a memoir keepsake entwined with propagandist agenda. Dividing the canvas into a grid-like ’map’, Li negotiates the image as a terrain for painterly experimentation. Each section is given a different aesthetic quality: the palette shifts with the unpredictable tones of photographic prints, as if over- or under-exposed, exploiting the range of RGB manipulation; the surface veers from ephemeral washes to intensely physical brushwork. The squared segments suggest not only the mechanical origins of the image, but also the multiplicities of its interpretation, questioning the position of the individual in relation to the malleability of history.

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