Sanctuary Wall

Artist Name: 
Karen Viola
galvanized steel, wood panels with acrylic paint and mixed papers, hemp string binding and lettering. DIMENSIONS: Closed 12.25 inches tall, 4 inches wide, 5 inches deep. Open width can vary, up to 48 inches wide.
Dimensions (width x height x depth): 
Variable (see note in medium)

This one-of-a-kind sculptural book can be displayed and/or handled in various ways according to venue, but definitely off the wall. The concept of the piece was prompted by my outrage that a proposed southern border wall would bulldoze through the National Butterfly Center in Texas, yet another plan to shred our fabric of biodiversity. The panels mimic cages and include human silhouettes, hand-stitched writing on the wall, and two hidden pictures—mixed media paintings on vertical strips of wood which, at a certain angle, reveal monarchs amidst flowers and an ocelot gazing out at us from the brush. Beyond the allusion to asylum-seekers at the border, this artwork ponders all the walls we humans erect both around us and inside us out of fear.

Price: $830.00
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