While painting this mural, many thoughts went through my heart and mind.
As I paint, being present and focusing, almost meditating on each vertical line and how each line is alike, but different, unique. Unique like people, the self, soul and spirit.
As we move, walk about, we are vertical. A walk is a series of repeated movements. A walk in a straight line. Vertically we are awake, horizontally, we rest.
I thought about the viewer, who will see this and what may run through their minds. What might they think of, a serape, a blanket or see only a series of linear connected colors? Might they see it as a blanket that could metaphorically cover them, maybe as a wrapping presence?
As an artist and one who has studied and looked at many works of art, I am one who has a deep engagement with art history. I looked at the stripe in art history and the many artists who utilize the stripe in their works, like Gene Davis, the color field painter who saw and felt a repeated stripe as related to music.
I questioned, how is this connecting to and how I can be sensitive to this architectural space. This site, distant past and current.
I looked at a multitude of historic Native American blankets. I wanted to give respect to the Indigenous peoples who were here first. Striving to embrace cultural references and to honor my Indigenous past along with painting a piece that speaks to the present as well as displays a future. Create a work of art that is respected by not only the native peoples but respected by all.
A mural is a wall with a tongue, it speaks to one and all. It is a gift to the community. I hope, as one walks in and sees the mural, that they are welcomed by the embrace of what this gift is being offered.
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Elle is an anti-disciplinary artist, writer, and educator from the occupied lands of the Hawaiian Kingdom (Honolulu, HI). Currently based in Arapaho/Cheyenne/Ute Territories (Denver, CO), they received their MFA in Choreography from the University of Colorado Boulder with a graduate certification in Emergent Technologies & Media Arts Practice, and their BA in Dance & Sociology from Wesleyan University. Elle's performance and visual works have been displayed both nationally and internationally, including the Thessaloniki Queer Arts Festival (Greece), SPEKTRUM (Berlin), the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (Seattle, WA), Art Gym Denver (Denver, CO), Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH), and the Ezra & Cecile Zilkha Gallery (Middletown, CT). Elle's research currently focuses on interplays between form/formlessness and being/nothingness, and physicalizing the imagination/psyche as a site for queer world-building.
Marissa is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work can be seen across the country. After graduating from the University of Hartford with a BFA, she moved on to study in Italy, an experience that continues to inform her artistic approach. Since then, her work has spanned everything from published illustrations to large scale murals, exploring the intersection between realism and fantasy.
Sarah explores the functionality of abstraction through a feminine, queer, and contemporary perspective. Her work investigates the intersections of painting, social practice, and meditation and their collective ability to promote self-reflection, cathartic healing, and true social change. Palmeri holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing from Louisiana State University, and an Executive Certificate of Nonprofit Management from the University of Notre Dame. She received her 200-hour yoga teacher training from Denver's Urban Sanctuary in 2022. She has been a member of Strangers Art Collective since 2015 and is a current Artist in Residence at RedLine Contemporary Art Center in Denver. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Iceland.
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Mexico in Chiapas and Oaxaca. Mario has taught design foundations at Metropolitan State University and Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. Zoots is the Curatorial Manager for New Collection, a project-based art collection designed to foster artist collaboration and empower creative expression. Zoots is represented by K Contemporary in Denver, CO, and by Daniela Elbahara in Mexico City.