Artwork: VESTIBULES AND ALLEYS

“Vestibules and Alleys” refers specifically to the landscape of the West Bank. The area is currently divided by a wall (often referred to as “The Wall”) that divides Israel from Palestine. It also separates Palestinians from their crops and families by deterring and impeding travel. This construction erected for safety can be seen as a modern day equivalent to Hadrian’s Wall, erected by Romans to protect their empire from the indigenous Picts. Upon visiting the West Bank and Jerusalem “The Wall” occupies the same space where Roman columns once stood, this brings the question: in the future will the wall the separates Israel from Palestine also be viewed with the same historical nostalgia ? The purpose of this drawing is simple: compare and contrast two elements that serve the same purpose - a retention wall and a Roman column built to establish governance. The two pieces of text that accompany the images are used to further connect the history of these two cultures. “Nulla dies sine linea” (no day without a line…author unknown), and a section from the poem “State of Siege” by Mahmoud Darwish. Both speak about boundaries, occupation, and time operating as physical space, a nuance that is often overlooked when documenting history. By placing elements of the past with those of the present, I created a composition that documented how each are tragically interchangeable, timeless, and prone to repetition.

Vestibules and Alleys, 2009. Dry pigment and permanent marker on paper.