Jenny Holzer has never shied away from sensitive material. The artist made this series using declassified U.S. government documents. These works depict redacted handprints of American soldiers accused of committing crimes in Iraq.
Holzer chose the Iraq War as her subject matter after Wired magazine asked her to imagine a new landing page for Google’s search engine. The artist said she “wanted to see secrets … a different secret every time [she] logged on.” As she began digging through government documents, she found these. Emphasizing the redaction, Holzer’s painting calls attention to issues of transparency and privacy.
Jenny Holzer, “DODDOACID,” 2007, oil on linen, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of the Artist © Jenny Holzer