About the Walls

“There’s nothing more dangerous than someone who wants to make the world a better place.” ― Banksy

Street Art, Milan 2010 (photo: spe)

Da Vinci painted the Last Supper, on a wall,  between 1496 and 1498 in the refectory of the Dominican convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. In less than 100 years the masterpiece was crumbling .

Traveling through Europe — Milan, Venice, Paris, Vienna–  you see art woven into tapestries, painted on canvas, carved in stone, modeled in mosaics. And on walls.. Outside in the streets, crumbling paintings of the Madonna and Child adorn corners buildings coexisting with modern street art:  the timeless and the immediate, fleeting, and yes, sometimes illegal.

mother holding child out to the world

“A Mother’s Gift” 8″ x 11″  mixed media

Walls can hold us in place, protect us, or challenge us to move them.  The wall is mirror, computer monitor, street, home, hangup, mystery. These Movable Walls are tactile embodiments of what it means to encounter walls, to be surrounded by them, to scale, break through or rebuild them.

Cell Phone Wall, 6' x 4', mixed media construction

Cell Phone Wall, 6′ x 4′, mixed media construction

Some of these pieces celebrate the discovery, serendipity and mystery of street art– the ubiquitous human desire to make a mark as exemplified by thousands of years of wall marking and murals.  Some pay tribute to the “brick and mortar” walls replaced by online shopping and services.

Estes joins elements of recycled and organic materials with original drawings, paintings and videos.  Figures are carved, sketched, drawn or painted on walls made with different combinations of substances. Each includes some mixture of these ingredients: coffee, corn meal, parchment, spices, plants, staples, foam, rice paper, pebbles, clay, bandages, cell phones, sand and other vestiges of our shared world.  They are fragile.  Unlike street walls, they are not waterproof.

In the figurative paintings and drawings SPE plays with images of self, angles, color and movement. Embodied in the human form is an infinite source of inspiration.

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