GHOST OF AMERICA

SHE'S REALLY NOT ONLY MERELY DEAD

SHE'S REALLY MOST SINCERELY UNDEAD

We used to dream that America was on a long, winding journey toward becoming a nation where compassion for other living beings, appreciation for our planet, and a desire to unlock our potential would be our guiding principles. 

 

Now, Lady Liberty is dead and drained of color; her glowing red eyes and torch symbolize an undead nation we call the GHOST OF AMERICA. 

 

There is no demonic enchantment or science-fiction virus powering the mobility of this undead nation. So what is that force? Fear? Laziness? Selfishness? A mutant strain of post-war capitalism gone rogue? A globalist conspiracy? A nationalist conspiracy? Can we look this monster in its eyes? Is this a redeemable monster? Or must we create something else to believe in? 

 

As an art-project, GHOST OF AMERICA does not seek to provide neat answers to these questions. It merely suggests that, like Norman Bates from the movie Psycho, many citizens of the Ghost of America share their daily lives with the jealous corpse of their country, dressing up in its clothing, and filling their time with hobbies. 

 

The work currently unfolds over three major components: 

  • The original song "Ghost of America" which was composed on a broken, barely-usable guitar. 

  • A music video for that song, where reanimated footage from classic films staggers around like a swing-dancing zombie.

  • A series of illustrations of 33+ famous Americans depicted as desaturated ghouls with glowing red eyes, released daily on the Instagram account @ghostofamerica.us with the hashtag #ghostofamerica 

 

Sincere Gifts intends to stage this work in gallery settings, accompanied by a live performances. 

 

To quote the Munchkins from the Wizard of Oz, this particular dream for our nation, once very beautiful and alive, is now not only merely dead, but really most Sincerely dead.  

 

Morally, Ethically, Spiritually, Physically, Positively, Absolutely

Undeniably and Reliably Dead.

BEN WIGLER
Sincere Gifts Co-Founder
NICK BYRON CAMPBELL
Sincere Gifts Co-Founder

PROJECT CREDITS

GHOST OF AMERICA - SONG

Written by Ben Wigler

Arranged by Nick Byron Campbell

Produced by Nick Byron Campbell and Ben Wigler

Performed by SINCERE GIFTS

Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar Solo - Ben Wigler

Vocals, Lead Electric and Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar - Nick Campbell

Drums, Percussion, Additional Engineering - Jonathan Smith

Harmony Vocals, Synth - Erica Marie Mancini

Additional Engineering - James Byron Schoen

Flute - Eve Harrison

GHOST OF AMERICA - VIDEO

Featuring Footage from

Rosemary's Baby (1968) - Dir. Roman Polansky

Ghandi (1982) - Dir. Richard Attenborough

Pulp Fiction (1994) - Dir. Quentin Tarantino

That Thing You Do (1996) - Dir. Tom Hanks

Kid Rock - American Bad Ass (2000)

Directed, Edited, and Animated by Ben Wigler

Software: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Affinity Photo

GHOST OF AMERICA - PORTRAITS

All portraits created by Ben Wigler

Software: Adobe Illustrator, Affinity Photo

MOST SINCERE THANKS

Bridget Foley, Elisa, Diego, Michael Cuesta, Zach Nader, Alan Gordon, Dimitris Athos, Camellia Hartman, Tim Kelly, Nick DiGregorio, Josh Wigler, Michael Falotico, Dima Drjuchin, Dmitry Kopytin, David Fine, Andrew Lund, Natalie Conn, Devin Lawrence and Samantha Aldana

DON'T BE A GHOST
Send me an eMail at:
xSincereGifts@gmail.com