The 2019 edition of Between Us: The Downtown Denver Alleyways Project celebrates Upper Downtown as an international business center and Denver as a world-class city with five site-specific art installations by local, female artists Sabin Aell, Lares Feliciano, Rian Kerrane, Marsha Mack, and Chinn Wang. These works highlight the connections local artists have to the greater global community, redefine how people engage with urban settings, and create a sense of place that goes beyond geography. The project is supported by the Downtown Denver Partnership and the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District.
and the wind blows – zawau, 2019
“and the wind blows – zawau” melds patterns, flora, and imagery from across the globe to celebrate our free flowing connection to nature, movement, and each other.
Zawau in the title is taken from German comics and means something splashy/magical is about to happen. This work collages photography and drawing created during the artist’s international travels. Collections of imagery and cultural insight, they feed both her work and spirit. The differing energies, exchanges, landscapes, and people from each place heighten the senses and broaden one’s creativity and spirit.The process of collage mimics that of traveling: letting one moment or experience lead to and inform the next and so on. The layering of the imagery functions like the memory’s filter in the ways it covers and/or reveals. The variety of imagery references the diversity within the natural landscape, even within a small geographic area, and highlights the brilliant flux of natural energy. The organic, dynamic shapes of the work burst across the wall, stretching around the corner to beautifully beckon passersby.