This piece uses a combination of poetry and math to advocate for a world without sex trafficking and slave labor. The mathematical symbols on the left, red panel describe a "geometric" property that states the following: between any two (closed) objects, there are "reasonable" neighborhoods surrounding each object which do not intersect. I use this math principle as a metaphor for how there should be private space between any two people in which the other cannot interfere ie between any two people there should be a "neighborhood" the other cant intrude upon. In a field of pure math, a topological space with this property is called "normal". Therefore, on the left red panel side, it reads "this should be (normal)", which relates to the intimate and personal space of individuals in which others cannot intrude upon, "but sadly its not". The sex trafficking industry violates this principle and causes it's victims to lose all rights to their own intimate space.
Ill explain how the other panels relate later. But they clarify and enrich the poetic aspect of the piece including a more explicit use of the idea of personal boundaries.
NAPOLEON WOULD APPROVE BUT ALEXANDER WAS FAR GREATER
Refusing to sit while an artist slowly painted his features, Napoleon would tell artists to focus on his genius not his features. Napoleon presciently observed an army marches on its stomach: the French armies collapse was partially the result of the brilliant move by Tsar Alexander 1 having his retreating men burns crops and food as they retreated leaving the Grande Armee to starve. These two observations form part of the basis for the painting "Napoleon Would Approve But Alexander Was Far Greater".
BAD SPELLING IS PARTICULARLY ATTROCIOUS WHEN WRITING EQUATIONS
Q SOLVES THE PUZZLE
This piece wrestles with some of the theoretical models used to price financial derivatives. The letter “Q” is abstractly spelled in braille in the missing gaps of the uncompleted puzzle. Q is often the symbol of an important probability distribution which is used to price derivatives (see the handwritten sheet of paper for more information). In many of the mathematical models used to price derivatives its assumed assets travel with a fractal behavior. This means the path "looks similar" at any scale. In this world the artist Franz Klines' process of painting would be rendered worthless. Kline was known for blowing up his figurative sketches to a scale where elements lost their figurative nature and instead had an abstract appearance. This abstract image would then form the basis for one of his iconic black and white paintings. To represent this i cross out his name.
In many of these models it’s assumed you can “hedge” the risk that is associated with the particular product. But unlike this world the real world is a more cruel evidenced by the fact that tragically one of the mathematicians who built one of the key links for these theoretical model died falling during a hike in Sayan Mountains.