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3 dimensional art, paper, wire, acrylic
a comment on the border between the USA and Mexico
I keep coming back to this image after it appeared randomly on the site a couple days ago. I’m intrigued by the graphic quality, and am challenged by the reference to the US Mexico border. The design is fairly economic, but I do have sense of boundaries and opposing forces in the sgriffito lines in the center. The roughly circular and square shapes suggest differing containments, with smaller circles populating the square, and pushed out along the periphery of the circle. The small overlap in the shapes creates a Venn diagram of sorts. The scrawled black line in the bottom white space looks like script, but I can’t make it out. The brightly colored structures on top and bottom, in the context of national borders, intimate small encampments. I suppose it’s not a coincidence they are formally mirrors of each other. We are them. Other pieces in this series, also noted by the simple BFF title, offer various iterations of gridded spaces. Colorful windmills and polka dotted balls belie the contention within the boundary. Without the narrative clue, I could envision these works as inspired by children’s games. Perhaps the bright, whimsical dance between these elements is the hook that lures the viewer into the matter at hand. I see that these works were all posted several years ago, and I wonder if you’ve continued the work. Please consider sharing new pieces if you’re able.
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