“Safety Cage”, 2021, mixed media, 35″ x 11.5″ x 11.5″

SEPTEMBER 16 – 30, 2021
San Francisco Art Institute, Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Boulevard

Excited to be part of the @svanefoudnation Ark exhibition and benefit auction, opening September 16th! Commissioned at the height of the pandemic, the 100 works included represent the diversity and brilliance of Bay Area artists, reflect on this historic era, and share visions of what to carry into the future. All auction proceeds go back into the local arts community via @artspansf.

Art makes the Bay Area the vibrant, creative, and innovative place we love to call home. Don’t miss this exhibition, spread the word, and plan your bids today—register to receive the auction preview at svaneff.org.

The foundation committee asked grant artists to use the theme of the Ark as a way of navigating through difficult times (pandemic, social unrest, political chaos, etc.) and create a work of art to reflect that idea. My work is “Safety Cage,” a mixed media piece that conveys the following:

“’Safety Cage’ is a kind of pandemic self-portrait. I envisioned humanity traversing the dark land in dark times, each individual isolated in their own safety cage. This cage is personal ark, mobile but contained. And contained inside is human hope, in the form of an awkward and fragile golden flower, waiting to be released once the dark times have passed, to grow and thrive again. Through this isolation comes self discovery, contemplation, and the desire to be delivered and to emerge stronger and more golden.”

Ark Exhibitions artists include Aaron De La Cruz, Adam 5100, Adreinne Waheed, Adrian Burrell, Alicia McCarthy, Amy Palms, Amy X Neuburg, Andy Vogt, Angela Hennessy, Anna Valdez, Antonio Vidal, Asma Kazmi, Barry McGee, Brett Amory, Brian Singer, Butterfly Williams, Camila Magrane, Casey Gray, Cate White, Chad Hasegawa, Chanell Stone, Chelsea Wong, Chris Duncan, Chris Johanson, Christopher Martin, Cliff Hengst, Courtney Desiree Morris, Dana Dart-McLean, Dana King, Davina Semo, Dionne Lee, Dohee Lee, Donna Personna, Eli Thorne, Ellen Bruno, Emilio Villalba, Eric Johnston, Erica Deeman, Esther Elia, GATS, Gina M. Contreras, HP Mendoza, J. John Priola, J.L. King, Jake Ricker, Jeffrey Cheung, Jeremy Fish, Jessica Hess, John Casey, Justin Hoover, Katie Gong, Kelly Tunstall , Ferris Plock , Kevin Earl Taylor, Kindah Khalidy, Klea McKenna, Kristin Farr, Kristine Mays, Lady Henze, Lauren Elder, Linda Connor, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Madeleine Tonzi, Marcus Shelby, Maria Guzmán Capron, Mark Garrett, Mary Joy, Mary D. Watkins, Melanie DeMore, Meryl Pataky, Michelle Pred, Monica Denevan , Muzae, Nina Wise, Oliver DiCicco, Paul Madonna Studio, Peter Cordova, Rabbit Garcia, Rachel Lena Esterline, Robert Bowen, Ruby Neri, Sam Vernon, Sarah Hotchkiss, Seth Eisen, Sheila Ghidini, Steve Ferrera, Sydney Cain, tamara suarez porras, Tammy Rae Carland, Tan Sirinumas, Terri Loewenthal, Terry Furry, Tess Davis, Tosha Stimage, Trevor Ewald, t.w.five, Kyle Lypka and Tyler Cross, Val Britton, Yarrow Slaps, Yétundé Olagbaju, and Zac Scheinbaum.