Erin Whitman's meticulously rendered studies from the absolute southwestern corner of the continental United States illustrate a world divided. The pristine landscape depicted within these paintings has been marred by one of the most controversial structures in recent history. “…the border fence cuts across the mountains like a rust-colored scar. To the east, it snakes across sand dunes, and to the west, it juts 80 feet into the vast Pacific Ocean. The massive steel bars divide the waves and extend nearly 700 miles through mountains, deserts and cities along our Southern border. The effectiveness of the fence remains uncertain, but it is a response to a dangerous world and a physical symbol of control. It marks the place where we end and they begin.”
A portion of all artwork sales will be donated to Water Stations, a humanitarian relief organization in Southern California that deploys and maintains water stations in the Imperial Valley Desert, Anza Borrego Park and surrounding areas. To donate directly to their lifesaving efforts visit waterstations.org.
The Unimaginary Line will be on display at Grossmont College's Hyde Art Gallery from April 12 until April 27. Admission is always free, and the public is encouraged to attend. For more information please visit www.hydeartgallery.com.