February 16, 2019 Taos, New Mexico

The Harwood Museum of Art

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Artist talk with Erin Currier
Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 3:00pm

Artist talk with Erin Currier


Part portraiture, part collage constructed of disinherited consumer “waste” collected in forty countries, part sociopolitical archive, but wholly humanist, Currier’s work has been featured in numerous solo shows, including a major exhibition at the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Embassy in Washington, DC. Her work is exhibited and collected internationally. She lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
For this Artist Talk Currier will speak about her current show, La Frontera, featured in conjunction with the Harwood Collection: Work by Women. 
La Frontera takes stock of a dream shared by all of our African, Asian, European, and Indigenous ancestors alike: a dream of the Americas in the context of freedom and liberation for everyone.   La Frontera draws attention to the borders and walls one must confront in pursuit of this dream: not only the literal, physical US Mexico Border and its Mediterranean counterpart in Lampedusa—an entry point to the EU from Africa and the Middle East; but also institutionalized borders that impose divisions between races, between religious affiliations, and between economic classes. La Frontera posits the possibility of traversing and even dismantling these walls and borders. The series evokes the English word Frontier—referencing new frontiers in Social Justice.
The use of “post-consumer” waste and discarded packaging, written in every language and gathered from the streets of every continent, speaks to our interconnectedness as human beings—in the Americas and in the World—in our shared struggles and in our commonalities: in the face of the increasingly disposable nature of our shared world; in terms also of our ability to transform that which is cast away into something of value—the ingenuity of our human imagination.