July 1 - Aug 1, 2013
Thursday Aug. 1st, 5:30-7:30
an informal artist talk will be given at 6pm
SAFE? was inspired by doing mosaic murals with disadvantaged kids in Brazil and Cambodia. While doing this work I became aware of the magnitude of human trafficking - both sex trafficking and slave labor trafficking - and the brutality which is part of it. I also became aware of the huge increase in trafficking in the U.S. in recent years. The visual presentation in SAFE? is just paintings of kids, some laughing, some serious, but all beautiful. It is the conceptual basis of the work that is so brutal. It is always my hope that the beauty of the artwork will open a person’s heart to be able to let in the underlying issues. The paintings are also my way of honoring these kids, who have had and will continue to have difficult lives.