The Government of the United States of America v. Rodney Adam Co...
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The Government of the United States of America v. Rodney Adam Coronado was a 2003 freedom of speech trial centered on the indictment of environmental and animal rights activist Rodney Coronado. In short, Coronado was treated as a domestic terrorist, arrested on the basis of explaining to a vegan advocacy group a crime he had committed in an attempt to destroy research for the fur industry thirteen years prior. Poe’s edition, a photographic still life, depicts her recreation of the incendiary device Coronado used, based on the prosecution’s testimony against the activist during his trial. A diminutive sculpture made of bisque porcelain, the jug (flanked by what would have been gasoline-soaked sponge, poised for ignition as the incense burned down) contains an arrangement of three 'Romeneya coulteri', or White Cloud Matillaja Poppies. This California native flower is a reference to the local environment and indigenous identity of the convicted. Poe’s image and object refer to the potential and the potency of Coronado’s political action; as the ashes accumulate on the right hand side of the frame, we are made participants in an anachronistic, hypothetical sense.