Dwora Fried's mixed media boxes capture people, places and emotions under glass - literally. Composed in identical wooden boxes with glass fronts, the pieces ask unsettling questions about identity, beliefs and memory. They recreate imaginary scenes of displacement, isolation and entrapment. "It is the most autobiographical work I have done so far, containing snippets of my life as a Jewish/Austrian/Lesbian child of a holocaust survivor."
Linda Vallejo’s new work carries a strong electric charge - to some they are hyper political, for others they are emotional portals to a past remembered and sometimes forgotten, and to others they are just down right hilarious.
“Like many Americans, I’ve become a person of the world, with a wide cultural perspective. At a moment of introspection, however, I decided to focus on popular cultural images and objects once beloved of white, middle-class America in the mid-20th century, and re-vision and transform them through my personal Mexican-American, Chicano lens.”