- Migration and Identity - Margaret Withers
This series is an artistic exploration of human migration. Conceptually, I'm interested in accessing the emotional landscape of my migratory childhood.
The work I’ve done so far depicts the emotional landscape of my childhood as I remember it—a blur of color and movement flashing by the static iconography of the past: those tiny company houses where the roughnecks lived, old-style telephone poles, Humble Gasoline signs, pumpjacks and drilling rigs. And enveloping that landscape, out of balance in scale, space, and perspective, are these figures that seem to dominate and subdue, not with violence, but with curiosity and playful interaction. Including undertones of play and humor is my way of engaging the viewer, extending an invitation to spend some time in this space, to figure out the story, or to pretend a new one.
The works on paper are watercolor, ink and enamel and created in 2011.
The last two paintings are resin, pigment, oil, enamel and pen and ink drawings sewn into the canvas. Also created in 2011.
All images are copyright 2011 by Margaret Ann Withers.