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Monday, April 21, 2008

"Life at the Border"

“Life at the Border”, 2008, 36 x 48", acrylic on canvas

“Life at the Border” is a new painting and will be part of my solo show at the San Diego Institute in June. My show is entitled “Here it’s Peace”, but that does not mean that everything is fine and easy here under the sun. I wanted to paint something about what is happening a few miles from here, at the border. The reality is that, while I live my daily life, other people are trying to illegally cross the border, and some of them die.

I incorporated several important symbols into the painting. The image of Gandhi symbolizes peace, which is simultaneously both very important and yet the most difficult thing to achieve. There is a self-portrait and the face of a child, staring. The “infamous trio” we often see around here on road signs: an illegal couple running with a child on their heels. The text in the background is about one of my children playing and living his daily life. I wanted to pull these elements together into one, flowing piece.

Solo Show: Here it's Peace / San Diego Art Institute
June 5 - July 13, 2008
reception: Friday, June 13, 2008 from 6 to 8 pm
lecture: Tuesday, July 8, 2008, at 6:pm

1 comment:

Lori said...

It's really nice seeing some of your new work. I look forward to seeing the work live in the solo show. It is difficult to get a sense of scale when viewing it on the internet.