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Political Engagement – Priscilla Otani

Laurie says:

The exhibition was at the Mission College Vargas Art Gallery and the hours were very limited. Her political work is impressive and I decided to post about it.

The gallery was presenting a solo exhibition of her new work that deals with current issues. Priscilla Otani has been making political artwork throughout her career, and her work has been featured around the world in venues such as the United Nations.

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Covid Quilt

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Her interactive installation “I Do Believe” has collected postcards from around the world; people of different countries and cultures have written their opinions on women’s reproductive rights.

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I Do Believe

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As Priscilla Otani says: “I am a mixed media artist, curator, and owner of Arc Gallery in San Francisco. My works explore the nuances of cultural misunderstandings between Japanese and Western cultures in the area of taboos, beliefs and myths. More recently my works have focused on American politics, particularly the extreme divide in belief systems among people. In my painted works, paper is combined with canvas and acrylics to create texture. Collages are created from scraps and Japanese papers. Three-dimensional and installation pieces are made with fiber, paper from funeral stores and objects harvested from recycle centers.  I am the President of the Board of Northern California Women’s Caucus for Art and together with partners Matthew Frederick, Stephen Wagner and Michael Yochum, I founded Arc Studios & Gallery in 2009.

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This group of images reflects on the first 100 days of the Russian war against the Ukraine.

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I participated with many women from all over the world in “I Do Believe” This is my post card. The image was made while abortion was still legal.  I expect I would have made something far fiercer rather then the commentary of this image.

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If you would like a much broader view of her very impressive work, go here.

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New Pandemic Shadows

Laurie says:

I just realized that I haven’t put up and new photos from my Pandemic Shadows project in too long.  It’s been a lifesaver for my photography in the lockdown and the long pandemic.

The hard part is that I need my art to be always new in some way, but I keep finding shadows that are fresh and work for me. It does keep getting harder but it’s still working. It helps that I had a very abstract expressionist childhood.

The season’s quality of the light really helps and I’ve been delighting in summer light. Each seasonal light changes things profoundly.

These are some from the last two months:

 

The strength of the tree shadow and the delicacy of the purple and gold leaves made a stunning contrast.
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They were painting the apartment next door and the combination of the delicate shadow patterns and the white reflection of the holes in the curtains made a superb abstract pattern.
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Summer shadows of delicate leaves on the sidewalk.
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A very different flowing  abstract in summer light.

 

I’ll try to put my Pandemic Shadows images up more often.

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