Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Pima County Arts Exhibit opens today

Here are some detail shots of my most recent work, What We Do Know (c) 2006. The full piece is 24x36 and currently part of the Pima County Arts Council exhibit of the Artists' of Rural Pima County. It can be seen at the Joel D. Valdez main library in Tucson, AZ, through March 23rd of this year. I created What We Do Know to bring attention to the situation in Ciudad, Juarez. I entitled the piece What We Do Know, because there are many theories and rumors and my piece just states simple facts that we do know including some of the conditions in which the bodies have been found. From the Amnesty International website they issued a report in 2003: Intolerable Killings/10 years of abductions and murders of women in Ciudad Juarez concluding that 370 women/children had been murdered in a variety of contexts, possibly a third of which indicated sexual violence. Many of the cases have still not resulted in the perpetrators being brought to justice.

I was compelled to make the piece when I realized that even though this has been going on since 1993, there are a majority of people that are still unaware this is happening. If you go to this NOW link, there is a partial list of organizations that are involved helping to bring international attention to this issue. Follow any of those links and you can find out more information.


Blogger Teri C said...

You are on a roll here Laurie!! Great going!

6:19 AM  
Blogger Lin said...

AWESOME piece, Laurie -- very moving - and such a tragic subject. BRAVA for taking on such a topic and wrestling with it to such a fine conclusion. I hope your exhibit brings much needed attention -- and action -- to this horrible condition.

7:21 AM  
Anonymous Jean Mikulla said...

Your art is so powerful and brings attention to such a sad situation. Sometimes we forget that most of the world is not as safe as our country. Wonderful. Jean

5:53 PM  
Blogger angelique said...

It's always a welcome to hear about situations you would not normally hear about.Your work really accents the concept behind the tragedies...

10:58 PM  
Blogger Marilyn said...

Laurie, I'm wondering if this is the piece you had at Tubac. It's very nice.

1:06 AM  

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