Barbed Wire (red flags)

“Barbed Wire (red flags)” from the series “Surface Tension I US-Mexico Border”
2012, Archival pigment print, 16×30″

Terri Warpinski

The experiences and observations that take form in “Surface Tension” span more than a decade in time and half the world in distance. Including images taken at the US-Mexico border and at Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, the two sites both constitute a once vast, wide-open space which exist as a newly-articulated “no man’s land”. A tensile seam now scores both surfaces, fractures the geography and disrupts the social- and eco-systems native to area. Obvious in its symbolic presence, this is a literal power structure, and yet, avowedly permeable and subject to that temporality which is the frailty of all human construction. In Surface Tension, these two landscapes, the U.S-Mexico borderland and the Israeli-Occupied Palestinian Territories, are conjoined. Through these photographs I probe varying aspects of power and conflict and the difficult consequences incurred when desire for security overrides humanity.

Terri Warpinski (Eugene, OR) received her MFA from the University of Iowa in 1983. Her work has been exhibited internationally including at such venues as the Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR), PingYao International Photography Festival, (Shaanxi Province, China), The Center for Photographic Arts (Carmel, CA), and Photographic Center Northwest (Seattle, WA). She was a 2001 J. William Fulbright Scholar to Israel and an artist-in-residence at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming. In 1997 Warpinski completed a book in collaboration with writer Natalie Sudman entitled Sagebrush, “a literary and visual homage to the Great Basin.” Her work has been published in Northern Lights, Many Mountains Moving, Northwest Review, and Edging West. Warpinski is represented in many public, corporate and private collections. She is also a Professor of Art, former Associate Dean of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, and current Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Community and Engagement at the University of Oregon. She has been on the national board of directors for the Society for Photographic Education since 2001 and has served as the national chairperson of the society March 2003 to March 2007.