Tricia Townes: Let This Be America


January 3 - February 3, 2019  ●  Opening Reception: Sunday, January 6, 6:00 - 8:00

Tricia Townes’ current work explores the idea of American identities. She investigates different communities through the art and designs of their cultures. Townes paints those designs—in their original, culturally specific colors—on one side of a transparent mylar sheet. She then paints at least part of the other side of the sheet in the red, white and blue of the American flag. Her aim, she says, is to “visually show how different ethnic groups bring their own flavor to this country of immigrants.”

Townes explains, “I began with designs from the Arabic and Islamic worlds because of the beauty and wealth of the art from those groups, and because Arabic and other Islamic peoples have been ostracized lately. My own ethnic group, the the African-Americans of West African origin, has also perennially been a lightening rod for the bad behavior of others.”

Townes has also made pieces employing designs from the Chinese and Greek cultures. When she can obtain them, she includes comments from members of the communities depicted “on any subject they choose to discuss related to their feelings around this country and their place in it.”