The theme of the show reflects Heller Museum’s commitment to present exhibitions that explore the impact of social issues on contemporary society through works by contemporary visual artists.
Border Landscapes was inspired by my research trip to the US/Mexican border. I drove 1,300 miles along the Rio Grande from El Paso to Brownsville looking at the river, the points of entry, the twin towns on either side of the border. The Texas landscape was sometimes harsh in the August heat, sometimes lush and forested. Sometimes the river was blue and wide. In other parts it was brown and barely moved. In one long section, there were huge, beautiful, impossibly high mountain ranges on both sides of the border/Rio Grande. It was unimaginable to think about the journey and the stamina of migrants’ desperate flight across those mountains.