Secret Codewords of the NSA
I began working on these small (6" x 6") prints in November 2013 when I read an article in the NY Times that mentioned a number of codewords that the NSA uses to identify various operations and information-gathering techniques. Many of the codewords they cited, like “dishfire,” were just begging to be illustrated. So I did some internet sleuthing and discovered a treasure trove of over 400 NSA codewords to work from. I decided to do 26 of them, one for each letter of the alphabet. Each codeword is blind embossed rather than inked, in the spirit of keeping things secret.
"These little woodcuts smartly skewer the massive programs they draw attention to, with jabs of word play and the simple act of naming something that maintains power by remaining unnamed." -Beth Cullom, Cullom Gallery
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