American Freedom is an ongoing series of paintings grouped into chapters, each of which will address an aspect of American political and social life.
The first chapter is entitled McCarthyism and refers to the hearings of the ‘House Un-American Activities Committee’. Formed in 1938, the committee became permanent in 1945 and was eventually abolished in 1975.
The photographic sources for McCarthyism came from archive material acquired from the Chicago Sun Times newspaper. The titles of the paintings are taken from inscriptions on the backs of the photographs.