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Shelter (2008)

Created for an exhibition of the same name held at the Wedeman Gallery, Yamawaki Art and Cultural Center, Lasell College, in Newton, Massachusetts in 2008. Content was to address the idea of shelter in all of its manifestations. Living in this country of many privileges, I think of shelter simply as my home. But when I think of the broader issues faced by a huge proportion of the rest of the world, I think of shelter as personal safety. For all of the foreign policy blunders that America's leaders have made, one of the things that we get right is offering shelter to those whose lives are in peril. The book contains a painting of the Statue of Liberty on a cradled birch panel which is surrounded by patriotic stars and stripes and the well-known poem by Emma Lazarus, The New Colossus. This poem, which is mounted on the inner wall of the pedestal of the Statue, has greeted thousands of immigrants seeking relief from persecution and other ills.

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me.
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

33" x 22 x 9 open; 10.75" x 22" x 1.2" closed $600

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