I am not an artist or one who understands art, but I have to say my experience at the Institute of Cultural Inquiry (ICI) was enlightening.
I attended Sande Sisneros’ exhibition there, and was impressed with the dedicated tour of the facility and the exhibits. The curator did a wonderful job in tying in the ICIs mission statement with Sande's art throughout the tour. Additionally, the curator added personal notes of Sande’s life to the tour.
The tour was very informative and opened my mind to different types of vehicles for one to express their artistic message. For example: the collection of dirt from different parts of the world project. I was intrigued to see the soil samples displayed to compare and contrast the color and textures; proving our world is a painter's pallet. I left excited and eager to see what the next ICI project will produce and inspired to travel to an exotic site to collect a soil sample for the project.
Sande’s art drew you into today’s political and environmental issues, just to surprise you with a hidden message. My favorite pieces were Cheap Labor and Water in Bottle then Bottle in Water. Cheap Labor captured both extremes of a woman’s struggle in the work force which society sees but does not see. The Water in Bottle then Bottle in Water gives you a reality check on the ever increasing consequences of facilitating our needs with plastic.
Overall, my experience was over the top…the welcoming courtyard and curator at the ICI and Sande’s thought provoking art made my weekend. She planted a seed which has germinated and inspired me to not only follow her work, but follow art and the messages it holds.
Thank you for such a life changing experience.