Tamiko Thiel

(Seattle, WA)

Touching, Traces: 2020-11-07 Biden-Harris Declared Winners
Touching, Traces: 2020-11-07 Biden-Harris Declared Winners
Digital fine art print on Hahnemühle Baryta paper

Although the election was held on November 3rd, due to the large number of mail in ballots, it took until November 7th before the election was called for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

Touching, Traces: 2020-11-09 Republicans Deny Biden-Harris Election Victory
Touching, Traces: 2020-11-09 Republicans Deny Biden-Harris Election Victory
Digital fine art print on Hahnemühle Baryta paper

Although Biden-Harris won both the Electoral College by 306 votes to Trump’s 232 votes, and the popular vote by a record 81.3 million votes, 51.3% of all votes cast and 7 million more than Trump, Republicans denied that the election results were clear and refused to acknowledge their victory.

Touching, Traces: 2020-12-14 Electoral College Elects Biden-Harris
Touching, Traces: 2020-12-14 Electoral College Elects Biden-Harris
Digital fine art print on Hahnemühle Baryta paper

Despite Trump’s attempts to overturn the elections in 86 lawsuits, all ultimately unsuccessful, and repeated demands to states to reject legally cast votes and certification processes, the Electoral College confirmed that Biden-Harris had won the election.

Touching, Traces: 2021-01-06 Warnock and Ossoff win Georgia / Trump Rioters Storm Capitol
Touching, Traces: 2021-01-06 Warnock and Ossoff win Georgia / Trump Rioters Storm Capitol
Digital fine art print on Hahnemühle Baryta paper

In the morning, Warnock & Ossoff won their Georgia seats, giving control of the US Senate to the Democrats. Later that day, rioters encouraged by Trump stormed the Capitol Building to prevent Congress from confirming the Biden-Harris Electoral College victory.

Touching, Traces: 2021-01-20 Biden-Harris Inauguration
Touching, Traces: 2021-01-20 Biden-Harris Inauguration
Digital fine art print on Hahnemühle Baryta paper

Despite continued threats of violence, Biden and Harris were sworn in as 46th President and Vice-President of the USA. Finally.

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“Touching, Traces” is a work series exploring the intimacy of touch on mobile device screens. In the coronavirus crisis we are now hyperaware of the surfaces we touch, and of the traces that may or may not be on those surfaces. Indeed, for those alone in self-isolation, our mobile devices are now the surfaces we touch and stroke most intimately and most often.These are prints from “Touching, Traces: 2020 Election Diaries,” records of my ‘doomscrolling’ on news sites and posting to Facebook on key days following the 2020 U.S. presidential election. 

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