Local artist Maria Guzmans Moving Inexhibit at Lawndale Art Center is about adapting to a new environment. My dad is Colombian, my mother is from Peru, and I was born in Italy; and thats what a lot of this show is about, Guzman says. Its all different aspects of moving into a space and that experience of making a home.
The works in Moving In are white, plywood boxes filled with objects that reflect different emotions. Suspense features two boxes suspended in a corner and lined with fabric cut into wavy patterns, to give that feeling of being in a sort of a dream state where theres not a firm ground, Guzman explains. She also made a stuffed-animal monster and a small bed to fit inside one of the boxes. [The bed] is smaller in scale than the monster; I guess its trying to show how small sometimes one feels, she says. Its represents the fear I dont know this place, this place is unknown, I dont know what Im going to do.
The Pocket series features three boxes stuffed with long, pillow-like sculptures. It makes me think of comfort, of being warm or being protected, she says, being surrounded by all these soft things and making that little space [in between the pillows] the protagonist in each box. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Fridays. Through February 23. 4912 Main. For information, call 713-528-5858 or visit www.lawndaleartcenter.org. Free.
Mondays-Saturdays. Starts: Jan. 18. Continues through Feb. 23, 2008