The Great Wall of China (221-206 BC). Hadrian’s Wall (122 AD). The Berlin Wall (Khrushchev’s 1961). Throughout history rulers have created walls—some designed to keep invaders out, others to restrict individual freedom. Walls reduce cross-cultural pollination inhibiting exchange of thoughts, ideals, and technology. Today, wealthy nations are building walls to prevent refugees from immigrating and seeking a safer and more prosperous life. While these walls may serve as barriers for a period of time, history shows people find ways to circumnavigate. Eventually the walls come down or become relics of the past.
In these paintings people connect and communicate, despite the barriers. The figures on both sides experience spring’s windblown flower petals, exchange air-born letters, and engage face to face through a fence.
SOCIAL COMMENTARY - WALLS
FREEDOM OF SPEECH & OBSERVATIONS