Two new Storefront installations – Soft Cities by Madisen Schorno and Kaylee Jacobson, and Living with Conviction: Sentenced to Debt for Life in Washington State, by Deborah Espinosa – are now on view at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, WA, now to March 2018. Presented by Shunpike as part of its acclaimed Storefronts program, the installations have been sponsored by the City of Bellevue and Meydenbauer Center.
“Sculptural installation by artist team Kayle Jacobson and Madisen Schorno paired with photography of Deborah Espinosa create an opportunity for us to contemplate the soft beauty and powerful resilience of humanity in today’s rapidly changing world,” says Hanako O’Leary, Storefronts Coordinator.
ARTIST: Madisen Schorno and Kaylee Jacobson
WORK: Soft Cities
ARTIST STATEMENT: “In a city that is in a current state of fluctuation and growth it is the goal of the artist to consider and interpertate the changes that surround our community. With the hope of discovering a place of belonging and community through softer surroundings, to find a voice for natural growth in an industrial environment. Our mission for this project was to model a soft cityscape. Through the use of fabricated shapes made up of fibers, paper, and plants we created a veil into this organic view of the city.”
ARTIST: Deborah Espinosa
WORK:Living with Conviction: Sentenced to Debt for Life in Washington State
ARTIST STATEMENT: “Living with Conviction: Sentenced to Debt for Life in Washington State” is about how the State of Washington sentences people to a lifetime of debt. The project is a collection of portraits and personal narratives of formerly incarcerated individuals who are trying to survive and thrive under court-imposed costs, fees, fines, and victim restitution (aka “legal financial obligations” (LFOs), which accrue interest at a rate of 12% from the date of sentencing. That means that by the time a person gets out of prison, the sum has increased substantially. Failure to make one monthly payment may result in arrest. For more information, see: http://www.LivingwithConviction.org.”