"Epoch" street art project
In October 2015, I became overwhelmed with the media's images of refugees fighting to live, fleeing from war in Syria. I found it troubling that we are so lucky in America, to be able to scroll right past their struggles on our Facebook feeds as if putting a wall up to protect ourselves from deep pain and heart-stopping empathy. I found it abhorring that so many Americans are fearful of refugees, and believe so many lies about their supposed malicious intent and associations with terrorism. I decided to respond with art, by illustrating the faces I saw on my media feeds, and enlarging them to a size that no one could ignore when placed on an exterior public wall. The wheatpasted portraits received such an overwhelmingly positive response that I continued by taking this project to Germany. In small German towns and in Berlin, I spoke with refugees and collected stories, with the goal of creating confrontational artwork that communicated their messages and lives to the American public.
This project received national and local press, and culminated with a 40-foot long installation as the featured work in a curated show at the St. Louis Artist's Guild in the spring of 2017. A video highlighting this exhibition is show below:
I am currently working on the next Epoch, entitled Epoch: Napa Valley which will be a visual timeline depicting the many mass movements of humans in Napa Valley over the last several thousand years. This project is possible thanks to a grant provided by the Napa Valley Arts Council.