Featured Artist: Adrienne Nunez
Design editor Slope Editions, an artist, storyteller and foodie!
“I can’t remember exactly what prompted my fascination with border fencing. I suppose it was years of immigration stories from friends, family, coworkers, and the media. Their tales of challenge, relief and tragedy have found shelter in my heart and mind where I consider the possibilities in life—the lines we cross inside and outside of ourselves. Today, as the horrific narrative of two young immigrants unfolds in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings and Congress debates immigration reform, it is a fitting time to revisit the structures that divide us.
The political boundaries that our governments have defined, divide culture and commerce. This division is sometimes natural—a mountain, river, desert—sometimes open, unmarked, unmanned, and sometimes wrapped in miles of fencing. Such barriers are found throughout the world and often demarcate economic disparity. Man-made blockades of wood, sheet metal, steel bars, barbed wire, surveillance technology and more, stand in place to halt the movement of individuals from one country to another. These obstructions are generally intended as safety measures, to decrease illegal trafficking of weapons, drugs, and people. While these blockades do slow illegal activity and instill a sense of control and safety in some, such barriers do not halt the migration of those seeking refuge or opportunity. Instead, those that come face-to-face with such obstructions find risky alternate routes. As with the border of the United States and Mexico, a dangerous path has been forged through a most desolate stretch of desert, leaving hundreds of lives per year lost to the excruciating climate. Meanwhile, the free movement of water, earth, and wildlife are interrupted, endangering the environmental stability of the region.
Border Walls is a meditation on this interference with movement. The creation of this series, allowed me a moment of pause to consider contemporary human migration and its surrounding web of complexity. The series offers a simplified look at a select few border walls positioned throughout the world. Like much of my creative work, Border Walls combines the handmade and digital in an exploration of the space between logic and emotion. The series is composed of embroidered representations of constructed and planned portions of border fencing on hand- dyed silk with iron-on transferred, digitally rendered regional maps. By creating a paired-down depiction of these border walls, I hope to create a space for viewers to consider the true nature of these structures.”
Check out her website at adriennenunez.net