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Leaving – Karon Leigh & Isaac Wessel-Dudley
March 6, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - April 12, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Artist Karon Leigh and Photographer/Filmmaker Isaac Wessel-Dudley have constructed an exhibition that speaks to today’s issues. Often we are in discussion about politics in art. It is impossible for artists, or anyone really, to compartmentalize the world and the effects of culture, location, and feeling can produce irreducible results. We are where we live and this exhibition promises to remind us of the need for art to speak. “Leaving” explores contemporary and historical immigration through the eyes of two artists of different mediums and generations.
Karon Leigh: “My artwork is a visual interpretation of my experience in the world. Historically, I have been inspired by landscape and my appreciation for the natural world. The finished artwork offers an opportunity to inspire environmental stewardship. A step beyond stewardship is activism. Activism is often a calling based on the circumstances of one’s life and the timing of events that become critical. As a resident of Southern Arizona for many years, I have had direct experience with border life and the relationship between the people of Northern Mexico and Southern Arizona. The stories of the people that seek a better life through asylum and immigration into the United States have risen to the surface at critical mass which has informed a shift in my artwork resulting in the development of this collaborative art project.”
Isaac Wessel-Dudley: “I believe that people connect with people. That was the root of my mission in interviewing members of the migrant caravan. Connection. I wanted to understand what drives a person to walk the length of three countries with their entire lives stuffed into a backpack. Simply listening to them share their stories was incredibly emotional. Sharing their stories will hopefully allow others to connect with them as humans, and no longer see them as invaders or criminals.” Issac Wessel-Dudley
Photo: Child in Shelter, Tijuana, MX, Isaac Wessel-Dudley