The Wall: Boundaries Between and Within Us
Santa Paula Art Museum
October 20, 2018 - January 27, 2019
The works in this exhibit explore the nature of boundaries – lines that define, surround, protect, divide, include and exclude, real or imagined, explicit or implicit. The walls represented here may be physical, historical, social, cultural, political, personal and more. In addition to the walls themselves, these works call into question our relationships to them - are we builders or wreckers? inside or outside? confined or liberated? These artworks invite you to consider and confront the walls that shape us individually and collectively.
Silicone, metal, hair, resin, plastic
Specimen PH764 presents the image of a wound. The synthetic skin suggests a degree of fragility, and exists as a form of permeable boundary. The piece can be interpreted in several ways: as a specimen removed from a body, or as a biological form grown in a lab. It asks viewers to consider the possibilities and potential risks associated with emergent technologies in biology and medicine, and how these developments may shape the way we perceive humanity, the physical body and associated identities. The piece draws inspiration from post-humanist thought as well as Julia Kristeva’s theory of the Abject.
Mixed media on wood panel
The juxtaposition of the newspaper transfer with images from nature are a puzzle to put together that add up to my comment on the topic of the articles. “Boundaries” is about the current administration’s border policy. The newspaper articles are from most recent media coverage regarding family separation policies in effect at the U.S. borders. The bird is a Quetzal, the national bird of Guatemala (also namesake of their currency.) The Quetzal is a universal symbol of liberty as the lore about this species is that it dies in captivity.
photograph on fabric
Lifting the Veil
Basalt stone sculpture
There is a veil of separation that appears to keep ourselves from experiencing unity with all that is. We feel separate from each other, from nature, from each and every object. Yet science and religion both describe this totality as One and not separate. Lifting the Veil symbolizes and reminds us that we are not separate but one with this great totality
Wall of Fire
Doorway to Love
On The Horizon (mixed media)
On the Horizon: As we set ourselves to reach the distant horizons of all our personal voyages, we are constrained and bounded by rules. These rigid rules, like our latitude and longitude lines, bind us to what we can only see and hear now. Bending the rules, changing our lines, give us opportunities to view our voyages from new angles and find new destinations.
When Two Walls Meet
Here, a man-made wall built to shield the bathers of a tiny beach in La Jolla and the natural wall of water created by a storm surge relentlessly crashing into it. Both are doing their jobs as well as they can, one naturally, composed of tiny drops of liquid and the other solidly constructed but also gradually being worn away by time and tide.
Por Las Ventanas
You look through the window at the world, but don’t feeling like you are part of it. An abusive partner keeps you isolated. Your anxiety holds you captive. You don’t speak the language. You don’t feel like you can meet the expectations placed upon you. You don’t feel attractive or smart enough... The three windows represent the many layers of challenges that keep us from being fully part of the communities in which we live. The windows are meant to be looked through and explored, calling us to examine ourselves and to look for others who are trapped behind windows.
Santa Inez Historic Grist Mill
Oil on Canvas
The historic Santa Ynez Mission Grist Mill, near the Mission Santa Ines, was used to grind wheat, oats and barley into flour, and corn into meal. Water was channeled from Zanja de Cota Creek over three miles away and stored within the heavy rock and plaster walls. The Grist Mill is considered one of the first industrial buildings in California.
The Western Wall
watercolor and mixed media
The Western Wall in Jerusalem has great significance both historically and politically for the country of Israel. My visit to the Western Wall was quite moving. People place notes into the crevices of the wall.
Lala T. Konrath
They Built a Wall
Collage and pen
While watching the RNC, I was uncomfortably reminded of the cheering footage from Leni Riefenstahl's film "The Triumph of The Will.” I cried for 3 days. I began writing and illustrating my "children's" book, titled "Someone Needs to be Fired”, on the fourth day of my broken heart. It is meant to be satirical, although I find nothing funny about the current state of affairs.
"I should like to be able to love my country and still love justice".
An Ojai Orange Grove
oil on canvas
This scene on the way to Ojai always brings to mind a poem written by poet Robert Frost. In his homespun way he speaks of people and walls and hints at things that may keep people apart or bring them together.
Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,
And spills the upper boulders in the sun;
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.
…No one has seen them made or heard them made,
But at spring mending- time we find them there.
…I let my neighbor know beyond the hill;
And on a day we meet to walk the line
And set the wall between us once again.
oil on canvas
Graffiti art can express quiet thoughts or explosive questions. These are more than walls now. Society must help people through, over, or around walls with answers. This is near the artist’s studio in Ventura.
Oil on Canvas
The United States has the highest number of incarcerated people in the world. We must ask ourselves if putting people behind walls is the best way to solve the problem.
Wall of Restrain
India ink on paper
“Wall of Restrain” suggests walls we encounter throughout our lives; walls created by natural forces from without and personal self-created walls from within. Both walls check, curb, suppress, repress, dampen or deprive our freedom of movement physically, behaviorally, or thoughtfully.
The river that has always run through the Chihuahuan desert now divides the people who have always lived there. Many women cross the border daily for better options for their pregnancy and birth, while many more are denied entry. Behind a birth center in El Paso this young woman is on the precipice of motherhood, in early labor. She will give birth to her first child peacefully 6 hours later.
She has walked the bridge from Ciudad Juarez to El Paso, Texas more times than she can count in order to birth with midwives on the U.S. side. At two weeks past her due date, she has been completely transformed into a vessel of nurturance and protection, growing and sustaining new life within her. She exists in the in-between; the U.S. and Mexico, the spirit world and this one. There are no walls that will contain her.
Torch Girl Stomps the Wall and Unites Families
1. The Word Art (Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor...) was designed and created by Dr. Sharon Chappell, Associate Professor, Cal State Fullerton.
2. This artwork was supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Arts and Disability Center at the University of California Los Angeles.
The “United Angels” artwork was inspired by my traveling experience and a strong growing appreciation for the City of Los Angeles and the State of California as a multi-national society. Being a native of Russia, I have never felt out of place here. We do respect each other’s religious boundaries on a much higher level than many places I have visited. The road
City of Angels
This series called "Angels and Demons" features episodes and characters from our everyday street life; they are all real people; they are not all homeless or crazy, some of them are just street musicians, prostitutes, professional beggars, as well as drug addicts and talented thieves. The streets are their “walls” that protect their environment and business. They will be there as long as we support them.
The Wall That Sustains
The Wall That Destroys
Student Workbook - Pardon My Miscommunication
Blunt Force Trauma
Acrylic on galvanized steel
Walls and Shadows
Oil on Canvas
Oil on Canvas