This body of work reflects the awareness and power of strength in numbers. People have gathered together to express concern for issues that conflict with our communities’ beliefs and rights. There is a sharp sense of wanting to belong and to be proud of who we are, but also the need to embrace our differences and provide a safe environment in which we all can live. As reflections of these concerns, expressive figures, text, and symbolic houses have become integral parts of my work. Words weave in and out of my images, sometimes hardly recognizable, other times up front to be read loud and clear. My figures have stepped off the paper and onto the wall, speaking out, not specifically identified, but representing us all. My figures stand united and strong, embodying the depth of concern that is being felt around the world. The house structures might interact with figures or replace them. This shape can symbolize a safe place or an expression of one’s personal identity. These structures also represent people uniting together to become a strong community, a force that seems unbreakable. Yet, this community that appears so strong, can be broken and suffer turmoil within. The frenetic marks that emerge are conversations, are unrest, and are a passionate expression of a desire or belief. The audience will determine the meaning, which becomes individual and personal.

image by Lea Basile Lazarus

A Confident Stance
Paper Pulp Image
31″ X 23

Not Quite Right
Paper Pulp Image
46″ X 32″

Inside and Out
Paper Pulp Image
46′ X 32″

Rumbling From Behind
Paper Pulp Image
31″ X 23″

A Gray Cast Over the Matter
Paper Pulp Image
46″ X 32″

Finally
Paper Pulp Image
46″ X 32″

Not all Listened
Paper Pulp Image
31″ X 23″

Still Here
Paper Pulp Image
46″ X 32″

In an Orderly Fashion
Paper Pulp Image
31″ X 23″

We
Paper Pulp Image
31″ X 23″

Emperor’s Gold
Paper Pulp Image
46″ X 32″

Awareness
Paper Pulp Image
31″ X 23″

In Darkness We Speak
Paper Pulp Image
31″ X 23″

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The Voice of Youth
Paper Pulp Image
31″ X 23″

The Obvious and the Subtle
Paper Pulp Image
31″ X 23″

Twisted and Tied
Paper Pulp Image
31″ X 23″

Dancin’ In the Street
Paper Pulp Image
31″ X 23″

I Am
Paper Pulp Image
31″ X 23″

Individuals
Paper Pulp Images
31″ X 23″

Blocked
Paper Pulp Image
31″ X 23″

Opposing Forces
Paper Pulp Image
31″ X 23″

Only a Few
Paper Pulp Image
31″ X 23″

My Community
Paper Pulp Image
31″ X 23″

Together
Paper Pulp Image
31″ X 23″

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Isolated
Paper Pulp Image
31″ X 23″

Behind Your Back
Paper Pulp Image
31″ X 23″

It Takes a Village
Monoprint
30″ X 22″

Awareness
Monoprint
31″ X 23″

Noisy Interference
Paper Pulp Image
Mixed Media
18″ X 49″

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A Cloudy Day
Paper Pulp Images
18″ X 20″

Protected
Paper Pulp Image
Mixed Media
18″ X 49″

Protect the Young
Paper Pulp Images
Mixed Media
23″ X 15″

Overseen
Paper Pulp Image
Mixed Media
18″ X 49″

Together
Paper Pulp and Mixed Media
20″ X 45″

The Webbed Fortress
Paper Pulp and Mixed Media
20″ X 26″

So Much
Paper Pulp
45″ X 22″

At 1100 Florence in Evanston. September 7 -17, 2018

Currently having a show at the 1100 Florence Gallery in Evanston. The show will close September 17, 2018.

Handmade wire and Abaca paper “houses”.

A wall of paper pulp paintings at 1100 Florence, Evanston.

Together we can do so much!