|Daggi Wallace, In Search of Peace, Pastel on paper, 40 x 60"|
I was born in 1962’s West-Berlin, in close proximity to the Berlin Wall and spent my formative years there among a people that in general are very reserved. Within my own family there were walls built up and torn down which shouldn’t have been. I realized walls were a major theme running throughout my life and for the first time I wanted to explore something so personal through my work. Making the resulting paintings public was one way of my breaking down an internal wall I had built up myself. All my life I had erected my own walls of protection and fears but since moving to the wide open spaces of the American Southwest I had been learning to tear them down.
With this continuing series I am using the Berlin Wall as metaphor for all of the walls in our lives. Little did I know when I started this series last year just how politically timely it would be now with the current talk of division and building walls! The paintings examine the endless contradiction and effects of walls. Walls are real and physical, imagined and psychological. They make visible one’s fears, anxieties and insecurities. They separate and yet offer a common purpose. They divide us yet invite us to scale them and tear them down, to come together again. They offer comfort, though false, yet feed hate and fear. They isolate and protect. Walls keep people out AND in. They shelter us and yet make us want to break free. They repel and tempt. They control and we rebel. They are a prison and a freedom. We can choose to erect them or tear them down.
|Daggi Wallace, Schutzengel (Guardian Angel), Pastel on paper, 40 x 60"|
|Daggi Wallace, Home, Pastel on paper, 20 x 20"|
|Daggi Wallace, Mother, Did It Have To Be So High, Pastel on paper, 40 x 60"|
|Daggi Wallace, Daddy, What D'Ya Leave Behind For Me?, Pastel on paper, 40 x 60"|
The title for the next piece is from Leonard Cohen’s song Anthem which lyrics have had a profound impact on me. Here I used the addition of metal leaf to emphasize them.
|Daggi Wallace, There Is a Crack In Everything, That's How the Light Gets In, Pastel and metal leaf on paper, 20 x 30"|
|Daggi Wallace, Daddy, Borders and Boundaries, Pastel on paper, 28 x 28"|
|Daggi Wallace, Someone To Watch Over Me (Self Portrait At Age Three), Mixed Media on paper, 24 x 24"|
This series continues on to my figures in water paintings which on the surface appear to be nothing but pretty women in swimming pools but actually tell the story of how my emigration to America helped me step out from behind my walls and dive more freely into the deep end of life.
Daggi's current show, Wende/Transformation, will be at TAG through August 6.
Come meet Daggi tonight (July 16) at the Artists' Reception or in two weeks at an Artist Panel Discussion on Saturday, July 30, 3pm.