New Jersey artist Anne Dushanko Dobek will create her eco public art installation, Parallel Migrations XXV, at the Lake Smith /Lake Lawson Natural area, beginning in mid-August, with an unveiling planned for sometime on Saturday, August 24.
She is the city of Virginia Beach's new resident artist, who will be working at the city-owned, 40-acre outdoor preserve in Bayside.
The exhibition is Dobek’s decades-long series of global installations, in which she uses the silk-screened images, of the monarch butterfly, as a symbol of survival in the face of perilous journeys.
“In Parallel Migrations, I use my signature image of the monarch butterfly to address issues of global migrations,” she said. “The monarch butterfly, in all its permutations, becomes a metaphor for the millions of people crossing global borders in search of survival, sanctuary and safety.”
Parallel Migrations is Dobek’s decades-long series of global installations, in which she uses silk-screened images, of the monarch butterfly, as a symbol of survival in the face
of perilous journeys. (Courtesy photo.)
As part of her residency, Dobek will engage with the public through personal conversations and cut-a-thons, which are social engagement opportunities for the community to contribute to the Parallel Migrations series. Visitors are invited to cut out pre-printed butterfly images that the artist may use in future installations.
The public is also invited to visit her, on-site, throughout the residency and at either of the two upcoming events: "Artist Talk," at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, is set for Thursday August 15, from 6 to 7 p.m.; a cut-a-thon will be held on Saturday, August 17, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the natural area.
Virginia Beach’s Eco Public Art residencies are designed to inform and highlight Virginia Beach’s natural spaces. Through open calls for proposals, artists in this field are invited to participate in residencies to create site-responsive works of art, using natural materials. They are encouraged to engage the public in artist talks and live demonstrations. Last year’s first Eco Public Art residency brought Benjamin Heller to create Terrapin Basin at Pleasure House Point Natural Area.
Monarch butterfly image courtesy of clipartportal.com.
The Lake Smith/Lake Lawson area, with more than 12,000 feet of shoreline and located at the corner of Shell Road and Northampton Boulevard, is also a popular fishing destination.
The events are produced by the city of Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Department and the Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Department.